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Thomas  E.  Jeffrey 
Gregory  Jankunis 
David  W.  Hutchings 
Leslie  Fields 

Theresa  M.  Collins 
Gregory  Field 
Aldo  E.  Salerno 
Karen  A.  Detig 
Lorie  Stock 


Robert  Rosenberg 
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Rutgers,  The  State  University  Of  New  Jersey 
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A  Note  on  the  Sources 

The  pages  which  have  been 
filmed  are  the  best  copies 
available.  Every  technical 
effort  possible  has  been 
made  to  ensure  legibility. 


Reel  duplication  of  the  whole  or  of 
any  part  of  this  film  is  prohibited 
In  lieu  of  transcripts,  however, 
enlarged  photocopies  of  selected 
items  contained  on  these  reels 
may  be  made  in  order  to  facilitate 

1910.  Battery  -  Storage  -  Foreign  -  Moyes,  John  W.  (D-10-09) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
John  W.  Moyes  of  Toronto,  Canada,  and  his  negotiations  with  the  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Co.  for  the  manufacture  and  sale  of  storage  batteries  in 
Canada.  Included  are  versions  of  an  agreement  between  Moyes  and  Edison; 
correspondence  between  Moyes  and  Frank  L.  Dyer,  vice  president  of  the 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.;  and  items  pertaining  to  Moyes's  interest  in 
obtaining  the  Canadian  rights  to  Edison’s  cement  patents. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  other  versions  and  copies  of  the  agreement  with 
Moyes  as  well  as  other  documents  that  duplicate  information  in  selected 

Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-10-13  (Cement). 

June  7,  1910. 

John  XI.  Hoycs ,  Esq. , 

Elio  Glen,  Boer  lark, 

Toronto ,  Canada. 

Boar  Moyes : 

.  1  hand  you  horowitli  proposition  in  duplicate  regard¬ 
ing  the  Edison  St or ago  Battory  in  Canada,  and  I  have  followed 
exactly  along  the  linos  discussod  hetwoen  us  onccpt  that  at  the 
end  I  havo  addod  a  number  of  clauses  'to  protect  Mr.  Edison  in 
case  you  or  your  associates  should  fail  to  ggfejg  with  reasonable 
promptness  the  necessary  stops  to  bring  about  tho  formation 
and  starting  in  business  of  the  Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Co.  If  after  discussion  with  your  associates  this  proposition 
is  acceptable  to  you,  kindly  sign  ono  of  tho  copies  and  return 
the  same  to  mo. 

I  hope  you  will  find  tho  proposition  in  correct  form, 
because,  having  already  discussed  tho  matter  oarofully  with  Mr. 
Edison,  I  should  dislifco  to  suggest  to  him  the  making  of  any 
change  in  it. 

Believe  me, 

Yours  very  truly, 

PIiB/IWV/  Vico-Presi  dent. 


Orange,  Hew  Jersey,  June  7,  1910, 

John  W.  Moyes,  Esq., 

The  Glen,  Deer  Park,  • 

Toronto,  Canada. 

My  dear  Sir: 

I  am  prepared  to  make  the  following  proposition  to 
you  and  your  associates  for  the  perfected  Edison  Storage  Battery 
in  the  Dominion  of  Canada: 

You  are  to  organize  a  corporation  or  joint  stock 
company  within  thirty  days  from  the  date  hereof  under  the  laws  of 
the  Province  of  Ontario  or  the  Dominion  of  Canada  capitalized  at 
§4,000,000.00,  of  which  §2,000,000.00  shall  be  7?°  preferred  stocks 
The  common  stock  shall  be  issued  as  bonuses  in  connection  with 
the  sale  of  the  preferred  stock  or  for  other  Company  purposes. 

All  of  the  preferred  stock  shall  be  sold  fox' cash  at  par, 
commissions  for  selling  the  same  not  to  exceed  5^;  end 
§250,000,00  of  said  preferred  stock  shall  be  sold  for  cash  to 
you  and  your  associates  and  the  money  paid  into  the  treasury 
of  the  corporation  within  sixty  days  from  the  date  hereof. 

The  name  of  the  corporation  in  question  shall  be  . 
"Canadian  Storage  Battery  Vehicles,  limited1,'  or  any  other  suit¬ 
able  name,  but  the  word  "Edison"  must  not  constitute  a  part 

As  soon  as  the  company  is  formed  and  prior  to  July 
15,  1910,  the  company  will  immediately  take  steps  to  build  or 
procure  a  factory  for  the  construction  of  commercial  trucks  and 
other  apparatus  with  which  storage  batteries  may  be  used.  I 
will  agree  to  furnish  the  Company  with  complete  drawings  and 

John  W.  Moyes.  (2) 

other  necessary  information  to  permit  the  Company  to  manufacture 
a  line  of  Lansden  vehicles  similar  to  those  manufactured  in  this 

Hot  later  than  March  1,  1911,  the  Company  must  begin 
to  order  batteries  from  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company, 

Orange ,  H.  J.  ,  payments  therefor  to  he  made  within  thirty  days 
from  the  receipt  of  invoice,  and  the  price  to  be  charged  being 
20/°  off  from  list  f,  0.  b.  factory,  Orange;  duties  to  be  paid  by 
the  Canadian  Company.  These  orders  for  Edison  batteries  for  a 
period  of  six  months  from  March  1,  1911,  must  at  least  average 
50  A-4  cells  or  the  equivalent  thereof  per  day  for  each  month. 
Bor  the  period  from  September  1,  1911,  to  March  1,  1912,  the 
Canadian  company  must  order  and  pay  for  batteries  from  the  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company,  Orange,  IT.  J. ,  at  the  rate  of  100  A-4 
cells  or  the  equivalent  thereof  per  day  for  each  month.  After 
March  1,  1912,  the  Canadian  Company  must  order  and  pay  fox-  bat¬ 
teries  at  the  rate  of  at  least  150  A-4  cells  or  the  equivalent 
thereof  per  day  for  each  month.  I  vri.ll  agree  that  all  reasonable 
demands  of  the  Canadian  Company  for  Edison  batteries  will  be 
supplied  with  preaoonable  promptness  and  that  orders  from  the 
Canadian  company  for  batteries  will  in  no  way  be  discriminated 
against,  this  understanding  being  not  only  personal  to  myself 
but  also  including  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  which  I 
control.  Should  the  Canadian  Company  fail  to  buy  Edison  storage 

John  w.  iloyes. 


batteries  and  pay  for  the  same  at  the  rates  above  provided  for, 

I  reserve  the  right  to  fill  any  orders  for  storage  batteries  in 
Canada  directly  from  Orange  or  to  develop  the  Canadian  territory 
in  any  other  way;  but  if  this  is  done  the  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Company  will  continue  to  3ell  batteries  to  the  Canadian  Company 
at  Zofc  discount  from  list  provided  the  regular  conditions  of 
payment  are  complied  with  and  provided  further  that  the  demands 
of  the  Canadian  Company  shall  at  least  equal  an  average  of 
50  A- 4  cells  per  day  per  month. 

If  all  the  above  conditions  are  faithfully  observed  by 
the  Canadian  Company,  I  agree  both  for  myself  and  the  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company  not  to  fill  orders  direct  to  Canada 
but  to  refer  all  inquiries  and  hand  over  all  orders  to  the  Canadian 
Company,  and  I  will  make  reasonable  efforts  to  prevent  the  filling 
of  Canadian  orders  through  any  other  source  than  the  Canadian 
Company.  fhe  Canadian  company  must  on  its  part  agree  as  Boon 
as  possible  after  its  incorporation  to  organize  an  effective 
selling  department  and  to  use  all  reasonable  efforts  to  introduce 
the  Edison  battery  in  Canada  and  to  fill  any  demands  that  may 
exist  for  the  same  in  that  country. 

As  soon  as  the  Canadian  Company  develops  a  business 
in  Edison  batteries  in  Canada  equivalent  to  a  legitimate  demand 
for  at  least  150  A-4  cells  per  day  or  the  equivalent  thereof,  so 

as  to  warrant  the  construction  of  a  factory  in  Canada  for  build¬ 
ing  Edison  batteries,  I  will  agree  to  permit  you  and  yoir  asso¬ 
ciates  to  commence  such  manufacture  under  my  Canadian  patents 
on  the  following  terms  and  conditions: 

John  V/.  Jioye  8. 

A  joint  stock  company  shall  he  formed  under  the  laws 
01  tbe  Province  Ontario  or  the  Dominion  of  Canada  called  the 
"Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  Limited",  the  capital 
stock  of  which  shall  he  $750,000. 00  7%  preferred  stock,  all  to 
he  sold  at  not  less  than  95X  net  for  cash  and  of  which  at  least 
$250,000.00  shall  he  paid  for  in  cash  within  thirty  days  from  the 
formation  of  said  Company.  I  will  grant  the  said  Company  the 
sole  exclusive  and  non-assignahle  license  under  all  of  my 
Canadian  storage  hactery  patents  and  also  under  any  Canadian 
patents  which  may  he  granted  to  me  or  my  associates  within  ten 
years  from  the  date  hereof.  In  consideration  of  the  granting  of 
such  license,  the  Canadian  Edison  Storage.  Battery  Company, 

Limited,  will  agree  to  pay  to  me,  my  heirs,  legal  representatives 
and  assigns  a  royalty  of  60  cents  U.  S.  Currency  on  each 
standard  Edison  Storage  Battery  Cell  of  the  A- 4  type  containing  4 
positives  and  5  negative  plates;  For  other  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Cells  manufactured  by  said  Company,  the  royalty  payable  to  nn 
shall  hear  the  same  proportion  to  the  royalty  of  60  cents  per  cell 
as  the  capacity  of  such  other  cells  shall  hear  to  the  capacity  of 
the  standard  A-4  cell.  After  all  the  Canadian  patents  have  ex- 
pired  the  royalty  stall  cease. 

It  must  also  he  understood  that  I  stall  further 
participate  in  the  surplus  earnings  of  the  said  Canadian  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company,  Limited,  to  the  extent  of  $0'!  of  the  net 
profits  after  a  7%  dividend  stall  have  been  paid  on  the  preferred 
stock  actually  issued  and  sold  for  cash,  said  7 '/„  dividend  to  he 
cumulative.  Such  distribution  of  any  surplus  earnings  shall  he 

John  V/.  lioyes. 

made  within  ninety  days  after  the  end  of  each  and  every  fiscal 
year  of  said  Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  Limited, 
and  for  the  purpose  of  such  distribution  there  shall  be  an  annual 
accounting  made  by  public  or  chartered  accountants  of  the  business 
done  by  said  company  in  each  year.  The  above  participation  by 
me  in  the  surplus  earnings  of  the  Company  shall  remain  in  force 
during  the  life  of  the  Company  or  its  successor  or  successors  in 

The  company  must  agree  that  all  Edison  Storage  Batter¬ 
ies  made  by  it  shall  not  be  sold  for  less  than  20$  above  the  cost 
of  actual  manufacture  including  general  expense,  and  it  must 
also  agree  to  so  apportion  its  salaries  and  other  items  of  general 
expense  that  the  entire  general  expense  of  the  Company  shall  not 
exceed  40$  of  the  cost  of  labor  and  materials  going  into  the 
menu  fact  ure  of  said  batteries. 

Royalties  shall  be  paid  for  quarter ly,  and  all  amounts 
due  me  shall  be  payable  at  my  discretion  either  in  Toronto  or 
Rev;  York. 

The  charter  of  said  Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Company,  Limited,  shall  expressly  provide 

(1)  That  the  Company  shall  not  increase  its  capital 
nor  consolidate  with  or  purchase  any  other  Company. 

(2)  That  the  Company  shall  not  sell  or  transfer  or 
in  any  way  impair  the  rights  acquired  under  my  said  patents. 

(5)  That  the  company  shall  not  use  its  earnings 
for  increasing  the  capacity  of  the  plapt  or  put  in  reserve  more 
than  10$  of  its  net  earnings  annually;  but  the  Company  may  in¬ 
crease  its  capital  stock  for  extending  its  factory  capacity  or  to 

John  V/.  Moyea.  (6) 

provide  for  necessary  working  capital. 

(4)  That  the  Company  shall  not  purchase  or  manufacture 
any  other  article  than  the  Edison  Storage  Battery. 

(5)  That  the  Company  shall  not  go  into  the  Business 
of  renting  Batteries. 

(<?)  That  the  Company  shall  not  enter  into  any  oBliga- 
tion  Beyond  its  capacity  to  pay  therefor  from  its  cash  capital. 

(7)  That  the  Company  shall  not  sell  Batteries  to  any 
affiliated  concern  or  otherwise  for  less  than  an  amount  suffi¬ 
cient  to  pay  the  royalties  aBove  provided  and  also  a  profit  of 
Z07°  over  the  cost  of  manufacture  including  general  expense. 

If  the  laws  of  the  Dominion  of  Canada  prohibit  the  in¬ 
clusion  of  the  above  restrictions  in  the  charter  of  the  Company 
to  Be  formed,  then  it  must  Be  understood  that  these  restrictions 
shall  Be  first  embodied  in  an  agreement  to  Be  made  Between  the 
Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battey  Company,  limited,  and  myself 
Before  any  rights  under  said  patents  are  required. 

Tire  Company  must  agree  that  I  shall  have  the  right  to 
nominate  and  have  elected  one  representative  on  the  Board  of 
Directors  or  Executive  Committee  of  said  Company  so  long  as  said 
Company  may  exist. 

The  Company  must  agree  not  to  sell  Edison  Storage  Bat¬ 
teries  for  export  to  any  country  nor  knowingly  to  sell  Edison 
Storage  Batteries  to  persons,  firms  or  corporations  doing  an 
exporting  Business,  unless  with  my  express  permission  or  that  of 
uy  legal  representatives  or  assigns.  On  my  own  part  I  will  agree 
that  in  the  sale  of  aiy  rights  under  the  Edison  Storage  Battery 
patents  in  other  countries  I  will  insert  corresponding  provisions 
in  any  license  agreements  prohibiting  importations  into  Canada. 

John  \7.  lloyes,  (7) 

The  expense  of  any  lawsuits  or  other  legal  proceed¬ 
ings  brought  by  or  against  the  Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Company  Limited  and  involving  the  right  of  said  Company  to 
exploit  my  Canadian  patents  shall  be  divided  equally  between  said 
Company  and  myself.  Said  Company  shall  consult  and  be  guided  by 
me  or  my  legal  representatives  or  assigns  in  the  event  of  any 
patent  suit  being  brought  by  or  against  said  Company  and  in  every 
such  case  I  shall  be  entitled  to  employ  special  counsel  to  follow 
my  own  instructions  and  to  control  the  suit  in  collaboration  with 
the  counsel  of  said  Company. 

I  will  also  agree  to  furnish  at  cost  to  said  Company 
drawings  of  any  improved  machinery  for  manufacturing  batteries 
which  I  may  make  during  the  life  time  of  the  Company,  and  after 
the  Company  is  formed  I  agree  to  furnish  active  materials 
necessary  for  the  battery  at  a  profit  of  over  and  above 
actual  cost  f.  o.  b.  Orange,  If.  J. 

It  must  also  be  understood,  that  until  the  Canadian 
Edison  Storage  Bat t  say  Company,  Limited,  is  on  a  substantial 
basis  as  a  going  concern  --  that  is,  until  such  time  as  it 
pays  expenses  and  fixed  charges  —  I  shall  have  entire  technical 
control  thereof,  shall  decide  what  manufacturing  operations  are 
i.°  oe  carried  on,  by  whom  and  in  what  manner  manufacturing  .shall 
be  performed,  whether  any  factory  shall  be  constructed  and  if 
so  the  location  and  mode  of  construction  and  capacity  thereof, 
and  all  drawings  and  plans  shall  be  subject  to  my  approval.  A  , 
report  of  the  business  done  by  the  said  Company  shall  be  made  to 

John  \'I.  Hoyes.  (8) 

me  each  month  during  the  entire  life  of  the  Company  and  the  hooha 
of  the  Company  shall  he  open  for  inspection  hy  me  or  my  legal 
representatives  or  assigns  at  any  time  upon  reasonable  notice. 

It  will  finally  he  understood  find  agreed  with  the 
Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  Limited,  that  the  agree¬ 
ment  above  outlined  to  be  made  with  said  Company  shall  terminate 
upon  the  failure  of  said  Company  to  carry  out  any  of  the  terms 
and  conditions  thereof,  but  without  prejudice  to  any  claims  which 
I,  sy  heirs,  legal  representative  or  assigns  may  have  against 
said  company. 

The  proposition  above  outlined  contemplates  the  foraa^- 
tion  of  two  Companies,  the  first  known  as  the  "Canadian  Storage 
Battery  Vehicles,  Limited"  or  other  proper  name,  being  formed  to 
manufacture  electric  vehicles  or  other  apparatus  for  use  with 
Edison  Storage  Batteries  to  be  purchased  from  Orange  ;  and  the 
second  known  as  the  "Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company, 
Limited",  being  later  formed  to  manufacture  Edison  Storage 
Batteries  in  Canada  when  a  sufficient  demand  for  the  same  exists. 

In  connection  with  the  Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery  Comp  my, 
Limited,  a  formal  contract  will  be  entered  into  between  said 
Company  and  nyself  embodying  the  features  and  conditions  above 
expressed  whe n  the  time  comes  for  said  Company  to  be  formed. 

It  must  be  distintly  understood  and  agreed  that  any 
obligation  on  my  part  to  carry  out  the  above  understanding  with 
the  Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  Limited,  shall 
terminate  in  the  event  of  any  of  the  following  contingencies 
taking  place: 

(1)  If  at  any  time  after  I  have  notified  you  that  the 
Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  Limited,  should  ho  formed  and 
should  commence  operations  the  said  Canadian  Storage  Battei'y  Vehicles, 
Limited,  should  fail  to  purchase  at  least  150  A-4  cells  or  the 
equivalent  thereof  per  day  for  each  month,  the  understanding  Being 
that  the  Canadian  Storage  Battery  Vehicles,  Limited,  shall  purchase 
uninterruptedly  from  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  Orange, 

at  least  150  cells  per  day  until  the  tiiae  when  the  Canadian  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company,  Limited,  shall  actually  supply  an  equivalent 
number  of  cells  of  its  own  manufacture. 

(2)  If  within  thirty  days  after  I  shall  have  notified 
you  to  commence,  the  formation  of  said  Canadian  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Company,  Limited,  you  should  neglect  or  fail  to  provide  for 
such  formation. 

(3)  If  after  the  formation  of  the  Canadian  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company,  Limited,  you  should  neglect  or  fail 
within  thirty  days  thereafter  to  effect  the  sale  in  cash  of  at 
leat  §250,000.00  of  its  capital  stock. 

(4)  If  after  the  formation  of  said  Canadian  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Company,  Limited,  you  should  neglect  or  fail  to  properly 
take  steps  to  provide  for  a  factory  .therefor,  which  factory  shall 

he  ready  for  operation  and  commence  to  turn  out  Edison  storage 
Batteries  within  nine  months  from  the  time  of  the  incorporation  of  the 
said  Company. 

said  Company. 

Kindly  indicate  hereon  whether  the  proposition  above 
outlined  is  acceptable  to  you  and  your  associates. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed)  Thomas  A.  Edison 


On  behalf  of  myself  and  my  associates 
I  accept  the  above  proposition  and  agree  to  be 
bound  by  all  the  terms  and  conditions  thereof. 



Hr.  John  .7.  I.loycs , 

To  r  ont  o ,  Canada . 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  prepared  to  make  the  following  proposition  to 
you  and  your  associates  for  the  perfected  Edison  Storage 
Battery  in  the  Dominion  of  Canada: 

You  are  to  organize  a  corporation  or  joint  stock  company 

3  ■ - bl¬ 

under  the  laws  of  the  Province  of  Ontario  or  the  Dominion 

of  Canada  capitalized  at  §2,000,000,  all  of  which  shall  ho 

7$  preferred' stock.  All  stock  shall  he  sold  for  cash  at  par, 

commissions  for  soiling  the  same  not  to  exceed  5/S,  and  §250,000 

of  said  stock  to  he  sold  for  cash  to  you  and  your  associates 

and  the  money  paid  into  the  treasury  of  the  corporation  within 

sixty  days  from  the  date  hereof. 

As  soon  as  the  company  is  formed,  and  prior  to  July 
15,  1910,  the  company  will  immediately  take  steps  to  huild 
or  procure  a  factory  for  the  construction  of_  Commercial 
Trucks  -end-  Pleasure  VehiclesA  I  will  agree  to  furnish  the 
Comp'Sny  with 'drawings  and  other  necessary  information  to 
permit  the  Company  to  manufacture  a  line  of  Lansdon  vehicles 

similar  to  those  manufactured  in  this  country. 


Hot  later  than  Marbh  1,  1911,  the  Company  must  begin 
to  order  batteries  from  the  Edison  Storage  3attory  Company, 

Orange,  H.  J .  ,  payments  therefor  to  be  inado  within  thirty 
days  from  receipt  of  invoice,  and  the  price  to  be  cliargod 
being  20$  off  from  list;  duties  to  be  paid  by  the  Canadian 
Company.  These  ordors  for  Edison  batteries  shall,  for  a 
period  of  sio:  months  from  Iiarch  1,  1911,  at  least  average 
50  A-4  cells  or  the  equivalent  thereof  per  day^  For  the 

period  from  September  1,  1911,  to  March  1,  1912,  the  Canadian 
Company  will  order  and  pay  for  batteries  from  the  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Co.,  Orange,  II.  J. ,  at  the  rate  of  ■3^0  A-4  //-"C? 

&~r  ?  *.c(- 

colls  or  the  equivalent  thereof  per  day.  After  March  1,  1912, 
the  Company  will  order  and  pay  for  hattcries  at  the  rate  of 
’{)  at  least  A-4  cells  or  the  equivalent  thereof  por  day^ 

I  will  agree  that  all  reasonable  demands  of  the 
Canadian  Company  for  Edison  batteries  will  be  supplied 
with  reasonable  promptness  and  that  all  orders  from  the 
Canadian  Company  for  batteries  will  in  no  wyy  be  discrimi¬ 
nated  against,  this  understanding  being  not  only  personal  to 

myself  but  also  including  the  Edison  atorage  Battery  Company, 


which  I  control. 

Should  the  Canadian  Company  fail  to  huy  storage  batter¬ 
ies  and  pay  for  the  same  at  the  rates  above  provided  for,  I 
reserve  the  right  to  fill  any  orders  for  Storage  Batteries  in 
Canada  directly  from  Orange  or  to  develop  the  Canadian 
territory  in  any  other  way;  but  if  this  is  done,  the  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company  will  still  sell  batteries  to  the 
Canadian  Company  at  20#  discount  from  list,  provided  the 
regular  conditions  of  payment  are  complied. with. 

If  all  the  above  conditions  are  faitBfully  obserared 
by  the  Canadian  Company,  I  agree,  both  for  myself  and  the 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Company  not  to  fill  orders  direct  to 
Canada  but  to  refer^  all  inquiries  and  orders  to  the  Canadian 
Company ,  and  I  will  make  reasonable  efforts  to  prevent  the 

filling  of  Canadian  orders  through  any  other  source  than  the 

Canadian  Company.  r  The  Canadian  Company  must  on  its  part 
agree  as  soon  as  possible  after  its  incorporation  to  use 
reasonable  efforts  to  introduce  the  Edison  battery  in  Canada 
and  to  fill  any  demand  for  the  same  that  may  exist  in  that 



As  soon  as  the  Canadian  Company  develops  a  business  in 
Edison  batteries  equivalent  to  a  legitimate  demand  for  at  least 
150  A-4  cells  per  day,  or  the  equivalent  thereof,  so  as  to 

warrant  the  construction  of  a  factory  in  Canada  for  building 
Edison  batteries,  I  will  agree  to  permit  you  and  your  associates 
to  commence  such  manufacture  under  my  Canadian  patents  on  the 
following  terms: 

A  joint  stock  company  shall  bo  formed  under  tlio  laws 
of  the  Province  of  Ontario  or  the  Dominion  of  Can:,  da  called  tlio 
"Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  Limited",  the  capital 
stock  of  which  shall  be  $750,000.00  7$  preferred  stock,  all  .to  be 
sold  at  par  for  cash  and  of  which  at  least  $250,000.00  shall  be 
paid  for  in  cash  within  thirty  days  from  the  formation  of  said 
Company.  I  will  grant  to  said  Company  the  sole  exclusive  and 
non-assignable  license  under  all  of  my  Canadian  Storage  Battery 
patents  and  also  under  any  Candion  patents  which  may  be  granted 
within  ten  yoars  from  the  date  hereof.  In  consideration  of  the 
granting  of  such  license,  the  said  Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Company,  Ltd.,  will  agree  to  pay  me,  my  heirs,  legal  representa¬ 
tives  and  assigns  a  royalty  of  60  conts  United  States  currency 
on  each  standard  Edison  Storage  Battery  cell  of  the  A-4  type,  con¬ 
taining  four  positive  and  five  negative  plates.  Eor  other 
Edison  Storage  Battery  cells  manufactured  by  said  Company  the 
royalty  payable  to  me  shall  bear  the  same  proportion  to  the  royalty 
of  60  cento  per  cell  as  the  capacity  of  such  other  colls  shall 
bear  to  the  capacity  of  the  standard  A-4  cell.  After  all  of 
tlie  Canadian  patents  have  expired,  the  royalty  shall  cease. 

It  must  also  be  understood  that  I  shall  further  partic¬ 
ipate  in  the  surplus  earnings  of  the  said  Canadian  Edison- Storage 
Battery  Company,  Ltd. ,  to  the  extent  of  50$  of  the  net  profits 


after  a  7#  dividend  shall  have  been  paid  on  the  preferred  stock 
actually  issuqd  and  sold  for  cash,  said  7%  dividend  to  he  cumu¬ 
lative.  Such  distribution  of  any  surplus  earnings  shall  he 
made  within  ninety  days  after  tho  end  of  each  and  every  fiscal 
year  of  said  Canddian  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  ltd. , 

and  for  the  purpose  fif  such  distribution  there  shall  be  an 

*k.  c.U-.UC.-t 

annual  accounting  made  by  public  accountants  of  the  businoss 
done  by  said  Company  in  each  year.  The  above  participation  by 
me  in  the  surplus  earnings  of  the  Company  shall  rciaain  in  force 
during  the  life  of  the  Company. 

Royalties  shall  bo  paid  for  quarterly,  and  all  amounts 
duo  me  shall  be  payable  at  my  discretion  cither  in  Toronto  or 
Hew  York. 

The  charter  of  said  Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Company,  ltd. ,  shall  expressly  provide 

(l)  That  the  Company  shall  not  increase  its  capital 
nor  to  consolidate  with  or  purchase  any  other  Company. 

( S)  That  the  Company  shall  not  sell  or  transferrin  any 
way  impair  the  rights  acquired  under  my  said  patents. 

( 3 )  That  the  Company  shall  not  use  its  earnings  for 
increasing  the  capacity  of  its  plant  or^put  in  reserve  moro  than 
10$  of  its  not  earnings,  hut  the  Company  may  increase  its  capital 
stock  for  extending  its  factory  capacity  or  to  provide  for 
necessary  working  capital. 

(4)  That  the  Company  shall  not  purchase  or  manufacture 
any  other  article  than  the  Edison  Storage  Battery. 

(5)  That  the  Company  shail  not  go  into  the  business 

of  routing  «.*«crl^  ^  Leu_  fc  ,# wj 

(6)  That  the.  Company  shall  not  enter  into  any  obliga- 
tions  beyond  its  capacity  to  pay  therefor  from  its  cash  capital. 

If  the  laws  of  the  Dominion  of  Canada  prohibit  the 
inclusion  of  the  above  restrictions  in  the  charter  of  the  Com¬ 
pany  to  bo  formed,  then  it  must  be  understood  that  these  re¬ 
strictions  shall  be  embodied  in  an  agreement  to  be  made  between 
the  Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. ,  Ltd. ,  and  myself  boforo 
any  rights  under  said  patents  are  acquired. 

The  Company  will  agree  that  I  shall  have  the  right  to 
nominate  and  have  elected  one  representative  on  the  Board  of 

Diroctors  or  Executive  Committee  of  said  Company  so  long  as  said 


Company  may  exist. 

The  Company  will  agree  -not  to  sell  Edison  Storage 
Batteries  for  export  to  any  country  nor  knowingly  to  sell  Edison 
Storage  Batteries  to  persons,  firms  or  corporations  who  do  an 
exporting  Business,  unless  with  my  express  permission  or  that  of 
my  legal  representatives  or  assigns.  On  my  own  part  I  will 
agree  that  in  the  sale  of  any  rights  under  the  Edison  Storage 
Battery  patents  in  other  countries  I  will  insert  corresponding 
provisions  in  any  license  agreements  prohibiting  importation  into 

The  expense  £f  any  lawsuits  or  other  legal  proceedings 
brought  by  or  against  the  Company  and  involving  the  right  of  said 

Company  to  exploit  my  Canadian  patents  shall  be  divided  equal'' y 
between  said  Company  and  myself.  Said  Company  shall  consult  and 
be  guided  by  me  or  my  legal  representatives  or  assigns  in  the 
event  of  any  patent  suit  brought  by  or  against  said  Company,  and 
in  every  such  case  I  shall  bo  entitled  to  employ  special  counsel 
to  follow  my  own  instructions  and  to  control  the  suit  in  collabor¬ 

ation  with  the  counsel  of  said  Company? 


I  will  also  agree  to  furnish  at  cost  to  said  Company 
drawings  of  any  improved  machinery  for  manufacturing  the  batter¬ 
ies  which  I  may  make  during  tho  life  time  of  the  Company,  and 
after  the  Company  is  formed  I  will  agree  to  furnish  active 
materials  necessary  for  the  battery  at  a  profit  of  25$  over 
and  above  actual  cost. 

It  must  also  be  understood  that  until  the  Canadian 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Company,  ltd. ,  is  on  a  substantial 
basis  a3  a  going  coneom  (that  is,  until  such  time  as  it  pays 
expenses  and  fixed  charges )  I  shall  have  entire  technical  control 
thereof,  shall  decide  what  manufacturing  operations  are  to  be 
carried  on,  by  whom  and  in  what  manner  manufacturing  shall  be 
performed,  whether  any  factory  shall  be  constr  ctod,  and,  if  so, 
the  location  and  mode  of  construction  and  capacity  thereof, 
and  all  drawings  and  plans  shall  be  subject  to  my  approval. 

A  report  of  the  business  done  by  the  said  Company 
shall  be  made  to  me  each  month  during  the  entire  life  of  the 
company,  and  the  books  of  the  company  shall  be  open  for  inspection 
by  me  or  my  legal  representatives  or  assigns  at  any  time  upon 


reasonable  notice. 

It  will  finally  be  understood  with  the  Canadian  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company,  Ltd. ,  that  the  agreement  above  outlined 
to  bo  uade  with  said  Company  shall  terminate  upon  the  failure  of 
said  Company  to  carry  out  any  of  the  terms  and  conditions 
thoroof,  but  without  prejudice  to  any  claims  which  I,  iny  heirs, 
legal  reprosentativs  or  assigns  may  have  against  the  said  Com¬ 

Sho  proposition  above  outlined  contemplates  the  forma¬ 
tion  of  two  Companies,  the  first  known  as  the  "Canadian  Storage 

Battery  Vehicles,  ltd. ,  being  formed  to  manufacture  electric 
'  ^  (tb t«-V 

vehicles  for  use  with  Edison  Storage  Batteries  to  be  purchased 
from  Orange;  and  the  second  known  as  the "Canadian  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Company,  limited",  being  later  formed  to  manufacture 
Edison  Storage  Batteries  in  Canada  when  a  sufficient  demand  for 
the  same  exists. 

It  must  be  distinctly  understood  that  if  you  or  your 
associates  fail  promptly  to  take  the  necessary  stops  to  form 
a  manufacturing  corporation  when  requested  to  do  so  by  me,  I 


shall  have  the  right  to  grant  licenses  under  my  said  Canadian 
patents  for  manufacturing  Edison  Storage  Batteries  in  Canada 
to  any  other  person,  finn  or  corporation. 

Yours  very  truly, 


"oas°  noto  lf  NAME-  BUSINESS  and  ADDRESS  correspond  with  your  inquiry. 

M  0  Y  E  S  JOHN  W. — - — promoter  &  Financial  Agent — TORONTO, 

RBV-39-340  -June-8-1910.  29  Melinda  Stf ^  ‘ 

■ffn-n  +*,„  „  +  on  About  65  years  of  age  and  married. 

past,2?  ?r  ?5  y0ars  he  baa  been  interested  in 
prom°ting  and  building  eleotric ' railways  in  different 
S.Of^0  Dominion  of  Canada.  He  is  a  Consulting  engineer 
+£Lh  had  °°n?iderable  work  in  this  line.  He  was  one  of 
■h«rierS+vf+the  MetroP°litan  Division  of  the  York  Radial 
Ry.- before  that  oompany  sold  out  to  the  Toronto  Raywail  Co. 

He  afterwards  did  oonsiderabie  in  the  North  West.^nd  at  the 
S?n^nLtimr  18  ?f°?04tine  and  building  the  Ontario  &  West 
+n  Rp *  G° r '  ?hdch, 1 ®  Proposed  to  run  from  Kincardine 
Ha  Vi-?  G2£ericl1*  The  contract  work  on  this  road 

,the  2u£on  instruction  Co.’  The  projeot  is  beinsr 
finanoed  by  the  sale  of  bonds  of  the  railway.  ° 

.  .  .  Financially  speaking,  Mr;  Moyes  is  not 

+wf\t0  h?ve,a  great  deal  of 'means  in  his  own  right, 
though  controls  some  Capital.  This  company  has  an  authorised 

fi4?’00?’  1Es  connections  - 

seeSS  n?«j4 prof e BBional  capacity  ,  and  he  should  hot  be 
seeming  oredit  in  his  own  name. 

6-8rl0.#5  3700  ‘  w  n 

Juno  10,  1910. 

John  ¥/.  Moyos,  Esq. , 

The  Glon,  Door  Parle, 

Toronto,  Canada. 

Dear  Mr.  Moyos: 

I  think  tho  contemplated  proposition  from  Mr. 

Edison  to  you  on  tho  subject  of  tho  Edison  Storage  Battoxy  in 
Canada  has  boon  now  worked  out  into  final  share  along  tho  linos 
that  we  discussod  between  us.  I  have  urged  upon  Mr.  Edison, 
howovor,  that  it  would  bo  unwise  for  him  to  make  such  an  important 
concession  until  he  had  first  had  the  opportunity  flf  looking  more 
closely  into  tho  question  of  the  financial  responsibility  of 
you  and  the  other  gentlemen  with  whom  you  are  associated.  I  am 
suro  you  will  take  this  suggestion  from  me  in  tho  right  spirit, 
since,  as  I  told  you,  I  have  a  very  heavy  responsibility  in 
seeing  that  Mr.  Edison  is  properly  protected,  as  ho  himself  is 
inclined  to  bo  more  or  less  impulsive. 

Would  it  be  quite  convenient  for  me  to  meet  you  in 
Toronto  some  time  noxt  week  and  at  that  tirao  see  tho  other 
gentlemen  who  are  with  you  and  have  the  opportunity  of  talking 
over  the  nooessary  questions  with  your  banking  frionds  and  others? 
Dot  me  know  what  days  you  expect  to  be  in  Toronto  and  I  will 

arrange  to  come  thoro  on  one  of  those  days. 

Yours  very  truly, . 

ELD/lWW  ,  _  Vioo-Pres. 

RECEIVED  at__ _ 

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— _ /■ 

(JP^X—^6  ^ 

To - 

— -2^ - SDyuu<Uu^ 

Harry  Killer, 

Date  (June  7th,  1910) 

July  15/10 

per  contract  is  accepted. 

Stock  co.  has  been  organized.  This  was  only  matter 
contingent  on  date  of  contract. 



July  21,  1910. 

John  \7.  Hoyea,  Esq.., 

The  Glen,  Deer  Park, 

Toronto,  Canada. 

My  dear  Mr.  Hoyes:- 

The  agreement  of  June  7th,  1910  provides 
tha,t  prior  of  July  15th,  1910,  "The  Company  will  immediately 
take  steps  to  complete  or  procure  a  factory,  etc."  I  merely  call 
your  attention  to  this  matter  in  order  that  it  may  not  he  overlooked. 
I  wish  you  would  write  me  from  time  to  time,  telling  me  how  the  work 
is  progressing  as  I  am  necessarily  very  much  interested  in  your 

Yours  very  truly , 




July  21,  1910. 

John  \’I.  noyes,  Es  q. , 

The  Glen,  Deer  Park,  • 

Toronto,  Canada. 

Hy  dear  Mr.  Hoyes:- 

In  reference  to  the  arrangements  now 
existing  between  Mr.  Edison  and  yourself  for  the  exploitation 
of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  in  Canada,  it  was  provided  in 
the  preliminary  agreement  that  in  case  you  went  ahead  with 
the  manufacture  of  storage  batteries  in  Canada,  the  company 
to  be  formed  would  be  entitled  to  the  benefit  of  all  of  Mr. 
Edison's  inventions  relating  to  storage  batteries  that  he  migh 
make  up  to  ten  years  from  the  date  of  the  contract,  namely, 
until  June  7th,  1920,  You  and  yoir  associates  wish 
to  have  this  feature  of  the  proposed  contract  modified  so 
that  the  company,  if  formed,  would  he  entitled  to  any  of  Mr. 
Edison's  inventions  on  storage  batteries  that  he  might  make 
during  the  existence  of  any  Canadian  patents  now  in  force. 

Our  latest  Canadian  patent  is  dated  February  26th,  1907, 
and  expires  on  February  26th,  1925.  I  am  glad  to  inform  you 
that  Mr.  Edison  consents  to  a  modification:  of  the  agreement 
to  the  extent  that  if  the  Canadian  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Company  is  formed,  the  company  will  he  entitled  to  the  same 

#2  -  John  \'f.  Hoyes,  Esq. 

rights  under  any  of  Ur.  Edison's  storage  battery  inventions 
that  m.qr  he  made  prior  to  February  26th,  1925* 

I  have  had  Ur.  Edison  approve  this  letter  here¬ 
under  so  that  you  may  know  that  it  comes  with  proper  authority 
Yours  vexy  truly  , 



July  25,  1910. 

Jolm  I.loyoo,  JEcrj., 

She  Cion,  Deer  Pari:, 

Toronto ,  Canada. 

Dear  Mr.  Iioyos: 

I  tie  not-  Imow  whether  you  have  formed  uny  do  finite 
jjudgraont  or  not  regarding  tho  cement  proposition,  •  'but  I  tun  Bonding 
you  herewith  certified  copies  of  our  four  Canadian  patonts,  which 
I  prosuno  you  would  wioh  to  have  investigated  by  your  oolicitor. 

Patent  Ho.  65,594  eovora  broadly  tho  Giant  Holla;  alao 
one  form  of  Grinding  Ho 11b ;  and  aloo  tho  Stack  Dryer. 

Patent  lie.  70,56V  covorc  the  oo-callod  Shroo-lligh  Holla 
which  wore  uaod  at  Mr.  Edison's  ore -milling  plant  but  which  I 
undoratend  aro  not  used  at  tho  content  plant. 

Patent  Ho.  VO, 568  eovora  tho  detaila  of  Hr.  Edison’s 
Screening  Apparatus . 

Patent  Ho.  100,908  covers  tho  long  Kiln,  which,  as  wo 
have .told  you, 'is  being  very  largely  uaod  in  this  country  and 
will  eventually  bo  universal. 

I  regard  tho  first  and  last  of  these  patents  as  the  most 
important.  So  far  as  the  Giant  Rolls  is  concerned,  tlioir  use 
io  being  very  groatly  ontondod  and  the  royaltios  wo  are  receiving. 

John  ' 




xrom  Quarries  and  other  outside  sources  amount  to  quite  a  respect- 
able  ncaar  *te».  Bit],  too  tawMooo  dovolpoont  or  Oonojo 

*  em°*  *“^ar  —» 00=0.  wx 

°f  *****  **«*>  «  ««M  otooo,  oo  «„*  1  thiol: 
o.ato  ontoido  or  too  oo„o„t  proposition  too  ooo„ioia„»  «.  ^ 
to  too  Moat  Hollo  irill  to  o  vclntolo  proport?. 

**  te™  ai»  «**»*  toooo  potoivto  M  should 

you  decide  not  to  70  further  into  t>o  nutter  r  h-- 

u..o  looter  X  msn  you  v/ould  r0- 

tui-n  the  patents  to  no. 

Yours  very/  truly. 



Oenoral  Counsel. 

(Shttarm  Urst  IRmhuag 

(SH&fffilf,  (Burnt  Iiu. 

July,  27,  19X0. 

Frank  L.  Dyer,  Esq., 

Barrister,  The  Edison  Storage  Co.,  H.  J. 

Dear  Mr  Dyer, 

I  hog  to  acknowledge  your  letter  with 
memorandum  of  agreement  also  tho  ooples  of  patents  in  the  oement  matter 
and  I  have  duly  noted  oontents  of  same. 

I  regret,  however,  to  say  that  sinoe 
X  was  at  West  Orange  I  have  boon  very  poorly  and  am  at  prosent  laid  up 
in  the  house  unable  to  get  about. 

In  the  matter  of  the  Vehiolo  Co.,  I 

have  been  getting  options  on  suitable  property  and  I  have  at  this  time  what 
looks  like  a  suitable  site  before  me  and  whon  I  am  ablo  to  bo  out  will 
olose  with  mie  of  the  two  or  three  eligible  looations. 

At  this  partioular  time  of  the  year  every 
body  is  out  of  term  and  it  is  very  hard  to  got  our  people  togothor  though 
we  are  losing  no  time' now  that  every  body  is  satisfied  in  tho  matter  of  our 
business  arrangements . 

I  have  engaged  a  good  man  to  prooeod 

with  organization  and  within  a  week  or  two  I  am  going  to  ask  the  liberty 
of  taking  him  down  to  Orange  in  order  that  he  may  get  instruction  in  tho 
methods  you  adopt  whioh  I  am  dosirious  shall  be  as  far  as  possible  oarried  out 

toift.  The  oement  proposition  at  this  time 

looks  very  promislng"all  the  people  who  propose  going  into  this  matter 
When  I  whs  in  Lansden  Co.,  plaoe  at 

Newark  I  got  from  them  dome  prints  of  truoks  whioh  they  have  turned  out  at 
various  times  and  I  had  a  conversation  with  the  young  man  who  is  manager 
down  there. but  I  got  no  prioes  from  him  on  any  of  those  as  I  really  did  not 
kno  t  what  we  would  want  for  the  trade  here. 

I  have  however  suooeeded  in  plaoing  the 

truoks  even  though  I  had  no  prioe. 

Owing  to  my  inability  to  get  down  this 

week  I  will  feel  greatly  indebted  to  you  if  you  oould  arrange  for  the  shipment 
of  two  (2)  of  the  truoks  to  Toronto, one  Ho.  243  ton  truok  12/5  platform  with 
60  A.  S  oells  giving  S  miles  an  hour  fpr  40  miles  and  one  (I)  20001b.  truok 
Sft.  3»/.46"f60"  high  inside  No.  L,  222  with  60  A.  6  oells  giving  10  miles 
an  hour  45  miles. 

Ask  him  to  make  the  prioe  ns  low  as 

he  possibly  oan  in  view  of  our  having  to  pay  a  very  high  duty  (35$) tin  this 
olass  of  goods;  this  is  a  severe  draw  baok  to  business  when  the  oonsumer 
has  to  pay  but  at  the  moment  we  will  have  to  get  them  as  oheap  as  possible 
ns  see  at  praotioally  no  profit  to  us  in  order  to  keep  a  trade  going  here  until 

7t>  adC 

we  produoe  ourselvos.  I  know  you  will 
havii  thorn  do  tho  host  that  onn  be  done  fop  ue  under  the  oiroumstanoos  please 
send  the  battorios  for  these  trucks  to  Hownrk  H.  J.  to  bo  shipped  in  tho 
oar  with  the  Vohiolos  but  bell  the  Lansden  people  not  to  put  the  batteries 
in  the  wagons; by  this  method  we  save  a  little  in  duty  on  the  Storago  Battery 

You  will  of  oourse  invoioe  the  Storage  Bitttery 
direot  here  and  ssnd  the  usual  duplioate  invoioes  for  tho  oustoms  and  ourselves 

I  trust  that  the  Lansdon  people  will  Jr 

see  that  everything  in  these  two  oars  is  in  A  I  oondition  as  they  are  going  V 

into  a  plaoo  that  will  make  or  mar  our  truok  business  here,  I  regret  that  I  UmL 

no  ndviae  of  the  shipment  of  tho  small  bntteries  for  lighting  or  ignition 

purposes;  I  would  be  glnd  if  they  oould  be  forwarded  soon,  as  llr  Walker  who 
went  down  to  Ornnge  to  see  the  Storage  Battory  in  operation  is  anxious  to 
make  a  test  with  one  of  these  battorios  to  go  in  his  repart. 

I  hope  you  have  not  forgotten  the  promise 
you  made  about  ooming  up  for  a  few  days  fishing  on  Lake  Huron. 

We  are  laready  for  you  and  have  notified 
tho  fisheries  department; thoro  is  nothing  left  for  you  to  do  but  to  oome 
up  and  haul  them  out. 

With  kindoot  regards,  beleive  me, 

Yours  truly, 


Jolm  iV.  ’.Ioyoo,  ."so., 

The  Glen,  Do  or  Park, 

Toronto,  Canada. 

Doo.r  Mr.  I.ioyoB: 

Yoiu.'  favor  of  the  37  th  inct.  has  juot  boon 
rocoivcd  and  I  havo  fold  Mr.  Lansdon  to  go  riel  it  ahead 
with  the  order  for  tho  two  trucks  and  let  you  have  them 
jiiet  as  coon  ac  possible.  If  your  order  in  not  clear 
to  him  ho  v/ill  v/rito  direct  to  you. 

So  far  as  the  price  is  concerned,  wo  will 
maho  thie  just  a.G  low  as  wo  eun. 

Your  instructions  regarding  the  batteries  will 
bo  carried  out. 

I  am  jiist  loaving  to  join  my  family  at  the 
(Thousand  I  elands,  but  ewpeot  to  bo  back  hero  off  and  on 
be  tv/o  cn  now  and  labor  Day,  and  if  you  will  let  me  know 
oractly  when  you  ospoot  to  eomo ,  I  v/ill  try  to  be  on 

I  thank  you  vory  much  for  your  kind  invitation 
to  go  fishing  and  I  hope  lator  in  the  Summer  to  be  able 
to  accept. 


Yours  veiy  truly, 

Vico-Prooidont . 


J. ,  July  29,  1910. 

Mr.  J.  II.  loan  Aon,  Jr., 

She  Iansdon  Co. , 

Dear  Sir: 

54  laolcawonna  Avc . , 

Ilcwurk,  II.  J. 

xiio  following  is  a  copy  : 

•  uoyoo  lottor 

oi  thc  27-fcli  inct.  regarding  the  order  for  two  truoteu 
t  irin  -p  "°'7inGj  Jo  ray  inability  to  cot  down  thin  week 

truck  0  ft.  3"  *  46”  x  60-  hiGh  insido  IIo.‘  1,  S22  “th 
CO  A- 6  colls  c iving  10  mi loo  an  hour  45  miles. 

htv  »„•,  him„'i:o  at*°  the  price  as  low  as  ho  possi- 

IsMor/tu-i  n°!-i  °U~  hQnnc  t?  pay  Q  vory  higli  duty 

In  Tinr??nnni,Dl  °iU+i“  °X  G°'jiC*  r3llB  iG  G  SOVOre  drawback 
to  DUoinono  when  tho  oonsumor  lias  to  pay  hut  at  tho 

nnn  W?  ra  11  vav°  to  get  them  as  chcau  as  possible 
see  at,  praotically  no  profit  to  us  in  order  to  hoop 
von  f,crQ  ^til  v;o  produce  ourselves.  I  know 

you  will  Iiavo  them  do  uho  best  that  con  bo  done  for  us 
°lrc™1Gtanops.  Please  send  tho  batteries 
for  uhoGG  1;inic.i.G  to  llev/ark,  II •  J.  to  to  Ghinpod  in  tho 
f  T,Ghi?l0S?  ^  130:11  *cho  Jena  don  poonlo  not 
lavo  "  i-n  t^  r°rl°Lln  ^  v/afons;  hy  tliis  method  w5“ 
lj£U0  a  little  in  ciuty  on  the  storage  battory. 

_  You  'Jill  oo^so  invoioo  tho  storaco  battorv 
di-oci  bore  anct  oond  the  usual  duplicate  invoicos  for  ^ 
tho  customs  and  oursolvos."  r 

Please  advise  me  if  this  is  clear  to  you,  and 
if  not  I  suggest  that  you  write  direct  to  Mr-  Moyos. 
Also  dog  that  his  requost  regarding  the  batteries  is 
carried  out. 

Regarding  -the  "oilling  of  these  tmeha,  see 
me  before  you  do  this,  heenuKe  v/o  want  to  main  Hr. 
I.IoyoB  a  npocial  price. 

Yours  very  truly. 


fro si dent. 

August  13,  1910. 

J.  V7.  Tioyes,  Esq, , 

The  Glen,  Deer  Park, 

Toronto,  Canada. 

I !y  dear  Mr.  Moyess- 

The  oontraot  between  Mr,  Edison  and 
yourself  of  June  7th,  provides  that  .‘$250,000  of  the  pre¬ 
ferred  stook  of  the  Vehiole  Company  "shall  be  sold  for 
cash  to  you  and  your  associates  and  the  money  paid  into 
the  treasury  of  the  corporation  within  sixty  dnyB  of 
the  date  hereof".  Please  advise  me  if  this  haB  been 
done.  Could  you  conveniently  obtain  for  me  a  certifi¬ 
cate  signed  by  your  Banker  or  by  two  of  the  Company's 
Directors  that  1  can  show  Mr.  Edison  on  this  point? 

If  not  convenient,  a  letter  from  you  I  am  sure  will  be 
sufficient  for  him. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Vioe-Pr esident , 

August  1G,  1910 

Credit  Department 

Regarding  the  attached  correopondenee 
on  tlie  subject  of  John  V/.  i.'oycs  of  Toronto,  note  that  any 
batteries  chipped  Ur.  hoyeo  either  from  Orange  or  Detroit, 
are  to  be  billed  subject  to  settlement  on  regular  terms, 
with  H0‘/'  discount.  Any  batteries  that  may  be  shipped  Mr. 
Moyen  from  Detroit  by  the  Zuider son  Carriage  Company  will 
be  taken  out  of  the  consignment  stock  and  billed  to  us 
by  the  An  demon  Carriage  Company.  Y/e  will  then  give  the 
Anderson  Carriage  Company  credit  for  the  batterioo  so 
shipped  and  bill  the  same  againot  Ur.  Uoyes. 

J>’.  L.  Dyer. 


(Copy  to  iir.  Bee) 

i.£t>u.v  {  2/ 

Sept.  30,1910. 

Mr.  John  '.7.  lloyes , 

She  Glen, 

Deer  Bark,  Toronto, 


My  dear  Mr.  Ho  yes : - 

I  wrote  you  on  August  ISth  in 
reference  to  the  contract  with  Hr.  Edison,  hut  so  far 
have  not  roocivod  a  reply  from  you.  Possibly,  the  letter 
may  have  miscarried,  and  I  therefore  beg  to  oncloso  a 
copy.  I  will  be  very  plad  if  you  will  give  this  matter 
your  immediate  attention,  in  order  that  I  may  make  tho 
necessary  report  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Yours  very  truly, 

.ABE.  Vico-.'-ros 


si  dent. 


Mr.  John  ¥/.  Moyes, 

®ho  Glen,  Door  Park, 

Toronto ,  Canada. 

My  dear  Mr.  Moyes : - 

I  think  I  am  justified  in  regis¬ 
tering  a  very  strong  protoBt  as  to  the  way  you  are 
treating  ub.  I  have  written  repeated  letters  to  you, 
hut  have  never  received  an  answer.  Some  time  ago  1 
wrote  a  letter  to  Mr.  Clark,  asking  if  you  wore  ill, 
and  he  roplied  that  he  could  not  understand  why  you 
did  not  answer  our  letters.  You  muat  realize  that 
this  is  a  very  important  matter  to  us  and  that  Mr. 
Edison  i3  constantly  asking  me  questions  regarding  the 
Canadian  situation  and  I  am  not  able  to  answer  them. 
Also,  we  have  referred  a  number  of  inquiries  to  you 
regarding  the  ba'tory  in  Canada,  ana  you  do  not  attend 
to  these  inquiries.  For  example,  Mr.  E,  77*  Hartman 
of  Clarksburg,  wrote  us  regarding  the  battery  and  we 
referred  him  to  you,  and  ho  now  writes  us  that  he  is 

-  Mr.  John  V/.  Moyes. 

unable  to  got  on  answer  from  you.  The  same  is  also 
truo  of  Mr.  S.  Hamilton  of  Spanish,  Ontario,  who  can 
got  no  satisfaction  from  you.  We  have  also  referred 
other  inquiries  and  I  presume  those  are  boing  treated 
in  tho  same  way.  If  there  is  any  hitch  occurring  in 
your  negotiations  with  your  assooiatos,  lot  mo  know, 
and  I  will  try  to  straighten  it  out  for  you.  Under 
tho  oontraot  of  Juno  2nd,  last,  you  woro  to  form  a 
corporation  within  thirty  days  and  were  to  sell  the 
stoolc  within  sixty  days  from  that  date.  1  have  not 
heard  from  you  whethor  this  has  been  done.  This  was 
a  stipulation  of  tho  contract  that  you  agreed  to  per¬ 
form  and  wo  are  certainly  entitled  to  know  how  you 
are  getting  on.  I  appreciate  from  what  I  hoar  that 
your  health  i3  not  good,  but  certainly  by  this  time 
you  should  have  the  corporation  going  and  in  the  hands 
of  people  who  can  attend  to  its  dotails.  Please  also 
remember  that  beginning  next  March  you  must  bcgiiji 
to  ordor  batteries  in  quantities  and  that  time  is  not 
far  off,  bo  that  you  ought  to  be  taking  every  step 
necessary  to  got  in  position  to  handle  the  business 
by  March  1st.  I  don't  mind  telling  you  that  this  whole 
situation  is  very  annoying  to  me  and  I  oannot  possibly 
understand  why  we  are  not  kept  fully  informed  as  to 
ho  situation  and  particularly  why  our  lotters  are  not 

5'S  -  Hr.  John  V/.  Moyos. 

answered.  I  must,  thorofore,  inaiet  that  this  letter 
bo  immediately  answorod  by  you  and  that  wo  bo  supplied 
with  all  the  information  regarding  what  you  are  doing 
in  Canada.  Unloss  this  is  done,  we  will  have  to  take 
steps  to  immediately  terminate  tho  arrangement  with  you 
ana  look  to  other  people  for  tho  proper  development 
of  tho  battery  in  Canada. 

Yours  very  truly, 



|4.c (  <S~/ 

Hov.  21,  1910. 

Hr.  John  7/.  Moyes, 

The  Glon,  Beer  Park,  N 

Toronto,  Canada. 

Hy  dear  Hr.  Hoyos : - 

Your  favor  of  the  16th  inst.  has 
been  recoivod,  and  I  note  you  expect  to  como  dov/n  to 
Orange  some  time  this  wook.  I  will  be  very  glad  indeed 
to  see  you,  in  order  to  discuss  the  Canadian  situation. 
If  you  cannot  come,  udvise  mo  by  holograph, 'and  I  will 
arrange  to  go  up  to  Toronto  Borne  time  next  wook.  In 
fact  I  had  substantially  planned  to  do  this,  beoauEe 
there  arc  obiter  matters  in  Toronto  requiring  my  atten¬ 

Yours  very  truly. 

?  ED/ ARK, 

Vi co-?ro  ei&ent. 

Rrank  i:.  Dyer, 

Barrister,  oto., 

Orange,  E.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Dyer, 

Enolosad  I  bo:*  to  hand  youroport 
made  by  n  University  professor,  and  as  X  havo 
of  this,  I  would  bo  glad  when  you  are  through 


i  it  to  have 

I  am  taking  up  the  various  matters  disousod,  and 
'ill  toko  them  up  with  you  shortly. 

With  kindest  regards,  believe  me, 

Yours  truly, 

J.  W.  Moyes , 

por  .11.  .Graham . 


Mr.  John  W.  Moyos, 

S3  Scott  Street, 

Toronto,  Canada. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  havo  roceivoa  yours  of  the  28th  ult.  enclos¬ 
ing  roport  on  the  Eaieon  Battery  made  hy  a  university  pro¬ 
fessor,  and  also  a  report  hy  Messrs.  Chapman  &  Walker,  ltd. 
These  X  roforred  to  our  expert  on  the  storage  hattory,  who 
went  carefully  into  the  mattete^ndj-r.ephrttsses  follows: 

.  "The  results  obtained  in  tosts  of  Edison 
batteries  by  Messrs.  Chapman  &  Walker,  Ita. ,  of 
Toronto,  aro  abnormal  in  most  respects;  ana  this 
is  due,  I  think,  partly  to  aefectivo  methods  of 
testing  and  partly  to  irregularities  in  the  cellB 

Taking  up  first  tho  laboratory  tosts,  I 
note  that  type  "B-4"  cells  wore  used  ana  that  these 
wore  ngw.  Bow  tho  "B-4"  coll  is  designed  for  low- 
ourrent  work,  such  as  ignition  and  lighting,  ana 
its  polos  and  connection  parts  arc  designed  for  cur¬ 
rents  not  exceeding  tho  normal  of  16  omporos.  At 

if  2  -  JJr.  John  XI.  Moyos. 

hiehor  current  ratos  than  this  there  would  ho 
considerable  volt  drop  in  the  motal  parts,  resulting 
in  low  voltage  at  tho  poles.  Ho  raontion  is  made 
in  tho  report  of  the  voltage  points  to  which  discharges 
wore  carried,  which,  of  course,  malcos  considerable 
difference  in  tho  result.  It  is  customary  to  oarry 
high-rate  discharges  to  lower  voltage  than  low-  rato 
discharges,  for  roasons  given  in  pages  14-16  of  the 
one lo sod  paper  "Tho  1910  Edison  Storago  Battery". 

If  this  was  not  done,  tho  output  at  high  rates  of 
discharge  would  apparently  bo  greatly  decreased. 
Furthermore,  thoso  colls  wore  now  and  thorefaro  not 
up  to  the  normal  standard  of  working,  as  it  tokos 
some  weeks  of  running  before  their  formation  is  com¬ 
plete.  fSoo  pages  10-11  of  paper  oitod  abovo).  Tho 
cells  should  have  boon  worked  normally  for  several 
runs  beforo  the  spocial  tests  were  commenced,  and 
each  test  made  should  have  been  repeated  immediately 
to  ensure  reliable  results. 

Howcvor,  taking  all  these  points  into  con¬ 
sideration,  there  is  still  a  discrepancy  in  tho  result; 
and  I  can  account  for  it  only  by  assuming  that  the 
olootrolyto  in  the  colls  was  weak  ,  due  to  slopping 
in  transit  or  some  other  reason.  The  olootrolyto  in 
oells  as  received  from  tho  factory  should  have  a 
specific  gravity  of  1.200  to  1.210.  Tho  results  of 

#3  -  Ur,  John  V l.  Koyes. 

tests  V  and  VII  show  evidence  of  weak  electrolyte 
as  tho  volt ago b  thoro  obtained  are  extremoly  lov7. 

Ao  to  tho  rosults  obtained  in  tosts  of  "A-6" 
oo 11s  takon  from  on  automobile,  those  are  also  some¬ 
what  low;  but  not  knowing  the  details  of  tho  tests  or 
tho  condition  of  tho  colls,  I  can  offer  no  explana¬ 
tion.  Eh^^'thoso  cells  showed  much  bettor  results 
in  low  temperature  working,  was  probably  duo  to  their 
being  older,  and  therefore  in  better  working  condition 
than  the  "B-4"  colls,  and  was  not  due  to  any  diffor- 
onco  of  design  as  suggested. 

Our  figures  as  to  output  and  efficiency  have 
boon  corroborated  by  She  Electrical  Seating  labora¬ 
tories  of  Hew  'fork,  as  reported  by  them  at  the  Sop- 
tombor  1910  Convention  of  tho  Association  of  Edison 
Illuminating  Companies," 

Ur,  Holland  is  in  every  way  qualified  to  reply 
to  the  roports  you  sent  and  you  oon  rely  absolutely  on 
all  ho  has  said. 

As  requested,  I  rotum  tho  report  of  your 
university  professor  and  I  include  also  a  copy  of  Mr. 
Holland’s  article  on  the  Storage  Battery, 

Yours  very  truly. 

Vice -Pro si dent. 

BqCXIk,  {  9/  . 


President  Vicc-Pn 

esideni  and  General  Counsel 


E.  G.  DODGE 
General  Manager 


ORANGE,  NEW  JERSEY  December  8th,  1910. 

Mr.  Frank  I.  Dyer, 
o/o  King  Edward  Hotel, 

IOROHIO  ,  Ontario. 

My  dear  Mr.  Dyer:- 

In  regard  to  the  situation  of  Mr.  ,T.  W.  Moyes,  of  #33  Scott 
Street,  Toronto,  I  beg  to  hand  you  below  particulars  of  various 
enquiries  which  we  have  received  from  the  Canadian  territory 
and  which  we  in  turn  referrod  to  Mr.  Moyes  for  attention,  but 
which  he  apparently  omitted  to  follow  up  as  we  have  receivod 
a  number  of  complaints  to  the  effect  that  they  wore  unable  to 
obtain  the  desired  information  from  Mr.  Moyes 

On  October  26th  Mr.  E.  IV.  Bender,  General  Purchasing  Agent  of 
the  Canadian  Pacific  Railroad  Co.,  Montreal,  sent  ns  an  enquiry 
which  v/e  referred  to  Mr.  Moyes  on  Ilovembor  4th.  Since  that 
date  Mr.  Bender  has  communicated  v/ith  us  several  times  advising 
that  he  was  unable  to  secure  any  reply  from  Mr.  Moyes,  and  as 
we  also  failed  to  get  any  acknowledgement  from  Mr .  Moyes  in 
regard  to  the  matter  we  quoted  the  party  direct. 

There  are  numerous  other  complaints  of  a  like  nature,  a  brief 
list  which  follows;- 

Date  of  original  enquiry.  Date  referred  to  Mr. Moyes.  Result. 
IJov.  4th,  from  the  Bolton 
light,  Heat  &  Power  Co., 

Bolton,  Ontario,  Hovomber  8th.  Ho  reply. 

Oct.  25th.  C.  Hewman, 

101  Portland  Street, 

Toronto,  Ontario,  n  1st.  "  " 

Oct.  31st,  W.R.King  &  Co., 

Penticton,  B.  C.,  "  9th,  "  " 

V/e  have  numerous  compaints  of  a  like  character,  but  trust  the 
above  will  answer  your  requirements. 


Manager'  of  Sales'. 

1910.  Battery  -  Storage  -  Metals  (D-10-10) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  interest  in  obtaining  metals  such  as  lithium,  cobalt,  and  bismuth  for 
possible  use  in  his  alkaline  storage  battery.  The  correspondents  include 
American  Smelting  and  Refining  Co.,  E.  Schaaf-Regelman,  and  Merck  &  Co. 
There  are  also  letters  from  individuals  possessing  information  about  sources 
and  prices  of  bismuth.  Some  of  the  letters  contain  marginal  notations  by 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  consist  primarily  of  letters  offering  metals  in  which  Edison 
had  no  interest. 

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In  pursuance  of  my  letter  of  last, Saturday  I  now  beg  to  ad- 
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vise  that  the  Mallinckrodt  Chemical  Works  have  inforaST  me  that  there 
Is  a  radical  chance  in  the  market  for  LITHIUM  CARBONATE,  as  was  to 
be  expected,  the  manufacture  of  it  has  proved  unremunorutive ,  and  the 
output  has  greatly  decreased  of  late,  therefore  stocks  are  very  low 
at  present  and  the  Mallinckrodts  would  need  a  few  weeks  for  the  exe¬ 
cution  of  your  order,  which,  they  could  take  at  the  price  of  55/.  per 
lb.,  with  a  special  discount  of  5%  for  you  if  orderod  at  once.  I 
trust  that  you  will  see  fit  to  confirm  your  order  at  this  price,  and 
thanking  you  again  for  your  consideration  in  this  matter  I  am 


Very  truly  yours. 

M.  it  <9  a  f  ~  c  g  c  1  tmut 

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Secretary  to  Hr.  71m 


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seeing  you  wish  to  submit  my  proposition  to  Hr.  TC cl  icon  personally,  T 
will  rath  or  males  it  by  writ  in;;,  requesting  you,  h  owover,  to  treat,  the 
followl nr  very  confidentially  and  to  kindly  see  to  it  that  no  in¬ 
formation  in  this  regard  leaks  out  through  any  channels  whatsoever . 

The  Hallinckrodt  Chemical  viorks,  at.  hnuis,  Ho.  are  very 
anxious  to  secure  Hr.  Edison* s  businosr.  in  ITTPTtJH  CAItSOHATS  through 
mo.  The  present  wholesale  price  quoted  by  Merck  &  Co.,  ns  well  as 
by  the  Hallinckrodt  Chemical  Dorics, is  55 /  per  lb.;  as  a  special  in¬ 
ducement  the  Mali inckrod tn  offer  Mr.  3d i. non  a  discount  of  3#,  if  Hr. 
Edison's  contract  calls  for  loss  than  5.CCO  lbs.  Should  Mr.  Edison 
see  fit  to  .contract  for  more  than  5  ,Cr'C  Lbs.,  <u?-  wnci',  the  rebate 
would  be  5#,  but  if  iir.  Edison  wants  to  make  a  contract  for  10,000  lbs. 
or  more- a  rebate  of  7-1/2#  will  be  allowed.  Mallinckrodts  guarantee 
that  their  price  will  always  be  as  low  as  that  of  Merck  and  all  de¬ 
liveries  are  to  bo  invoicad  at  the  price  ruling  at  the  date  of  ship¬ 
ment  ;  rebates  to  be  given  with  the  last  shipment  in  1910. 

Thus  Car  Mallinckrodts '  proposal;  but.  as  it.  is  oxpooted  that 
the  price  of  Lithium  Carbonate  will  advance  quite  some  during  this 
year  T  would  personally  advise  Mr.  TSdison  to  make  this  counterpropo¬ 
sition:  To  order  through  mo  whatever  quantity  of  Lithium  Carbonate 
he  can  take  care  of  during  this  year  at  the  firm  price  of  55/  per  lb. 
wit),  the  above  rebates,  making  Mallinckrodts  guarantee  that  they  will 
bill  thoir  goods  at  less  than  55/  per  lb.  if  Merck  should  at  any  time 
during  1010  make  a  lower  offer.  Mr.  'Micon  should  not  agree  to  have 
deliveries  invoiced  to  him  at  the  price  ruling  at  date  of  shipment, 
as  the  Mallinckrodts  propose,  .if  this  prices- is  higher  than  55/  per 
lb.,  but  have  a  guarantee  against  a  fall  in  matter  how  un¬ 

My  personal  opinion  is  that,  I  can  get  the  Mallinckrodts  to 
accept  such  a  proposition  if  Mr.  Sdison  contracts  for  10,000  lbs;  I 
do  not.  think  that,  they  will  accept  it.  for  less.  1  place  myself  in  a 
precarious  position  by  making  such  a  proposition,  hut,  appreciating 
very  much  the  kindness  end  consideration  Mr.  Sdison  has  always  shown 
the  undersigned,  T  place  myself  entirely  at  his  disposal  for  purchasing 
anything  ho  may  need  at  the  most  advantageous  figure  that,  can  be  se¬ 
cured  anywhere,  and  7.  beg  to  impress  upon  you  once' more  the  necossit'- 
of  treating  this  letter  strictly  confidential. 

Very  truly  yours. 

c(.  rteczcz. 



MERCK  (Sl  CO. 




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Feb.  16/iO 

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My  dear  Mr.  Kdiaon:- 



When  X  called  on  you  with  Dr,  Schaefer  shortly  > 

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before  your  departure  for  the  South,  you  kindly  offered  to 
let  me  know  the  figure  at  whloh  the  Lithium  Oxide  which  you 
prepare  from  the  Carbonate  stood  you.  May  I  trouble  you  to 
authorize  some  one  in  your  laboratory  to  supply  me  with 
this  figureT 

Hoping  that  you  are  having  pleasant  weather 
and  with  kind  regards  to  Mrs.  Edison  and  yourself,  i  am, 
Yours  sinoerely, 

Kindly  inform  Mr.  Edison  that  I  can  make  contract  -for  any 
quantity  of  LITHIUM  CARBONATE  at  the  same  price  which  Mr.  Merck  quotes 
namely,  50f(  per  lb.  and  that  I  think  that. I  can  get  the  Mallinekrod ts 
to  give  Mr.  Edison  a  gooddiscount  off  this  price  If  Mr.  Edison  will 
contract  for  several  tons.  I  would  like  Mr.  Edison  to  state  how  many 
tons  he  cares  to  contract  for  and  to  specify  what  delivery  and  discoun 
he  wants  and  T  will  try  to  get  the  business  through. 

Very  truly  yours. 

WORK8'  G/k3/ 

ST.  LOUIS  Ploa»o 



manufacturing  chemists 

NEW  YORK,  Feb.  25/10 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. 



We  have  your  favor  of  yesterday's  date  inclosing 
order  #23040,  for  two  tons  LITHIUM  CARBONATE  at  prioe  quoted, 
50/  per  lb.,  for  shipment  to  Orange,  N.J.,  via  D.L.  &  W.  R.R., 
one  ton  to  be  forwarded  at  once  and  the  remaining  ton  in  two  or 
three  weeks.  We  thank  you  very  much  for  this  order,  which  shall 
have  our  prompt  .and  careful  attention. 

Awaiting  your  further  favors,  we  are, 

Yours  truly, 

Attested MERCK  &  CO. 

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Dear  Sir:-  j 

Referring  to  your  favor  of  April  26th,  I  begtt  state 
that  I  am  no  longer  connected  with  the  U.  S.  Smelting,  Refining  & 

Mining  Oo.,  hut  have  referred  your  communication  to  Mr.  F.  Y.  Rohortson, 
Manager  of  the  U.  S.  Metals  Refining  Company,  which  Company  owns  the 
plant  at  Grasselli,  Ind.,  producing  Bismuth. 

I  may  state  that  1  am  fully  in  touch  with  the  metallurgy 
of  Bismuth,  and  would  he  pleased  if  you  will  hear  this  in  mind  in  case 
at  any  time  you  should  require  services  in  that  line. 


Way  3,  1910. 

Mr .Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  IT. J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

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Replying  to  your  favor  of  May  2na,  in  which  you 
inqtiire  whether  or  not  I  know  of  a  source  of  Bismuth  which 
would  permit  of  the  production  of  the  material  at  a  price  of 
85^  per  lh.,  I  Beg  to  state  that  I  do  not  know  of  any  such 
supply.  I  shall  however  Be  glad  to  keep  this  matter  in 
mind,  and  if  in  future  I  come  across  any  supply  that  would 
Bo  interesting  to  you,  I  shall  take  pleasure  in  advising 
you  about  it. 


Very  truly  yours. 

United  States  Metals  Reeinino  Co, 

**w  You*  ornoi,  42  BROADWAY 


NifiWYORK,  May  4,  1910. 


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Mr.  H.  F.  Miller, 

Sec.,  Thomas  A.  Edison,,. 

Orange,  New  Jersey*'  t 

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YourB/Tery  truly, 

amount  of  bismuth. 



Yuuk  o,„D.,  43  BROADWAY 


.  Miller, 

. ,  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange ,  New  Je: 

I  have  your  letii 
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til  next  year. 

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and  quality  of  hismuth  Mr.  Edison  will  use,  we 
shall  he  glad  to  take  up  the  question  of  price. 

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i  to  know  the  quantity  and  quality 
*,  together  with  the  price  which 

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Lsmuth  we  are  producing  for  market  pur- 
!  would  be  unable  to  shade  the  market 

If  you  will  give  us  this  informatioi 
will  call  and  diBcuss  the  matter,  we  shall 

ry  truly, 


United  Statjss  Metals  Refining  Co. 

-N«W  vouk  oni>,  42  BROADWAY 


I  have  your  letter  of  the  10th  instant, 
and  note  the  price  that  Mr.  Edison  desires  to  pay 
for  bismuth,  and  that  he  would  require  approxi¬ 
mately  400  pounds  per  day. 

This  price  for  refined  bismuth  would 
be  prohibitive  and  we  would  not  be  able  to  con¬ 
sider  it,  which  I  very  much  regret. 

Yours  very  truly, 


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May  13,  1910. 

Mr.  H.  B.  Killer,  Sec'y., 

laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Hear  Sir:- 

In  response  to  your  letter  of  May  9,  requesting 
information  relating  to  the  discovery  of  bismuth  ores 
in  the  United  States  and  Canada,  from  which  bismuch 
could  be  produced  cheaply: 

The  most  recent  and  largest  discovery  of  bismuth 
ore  known  to  this  Survey  is  the  deposit  of  the  Bankers 
Mining  and  Tunnel  Company,  Winfield,  Chaffee  County, 
Colorado.  It  cannot,  however,  be  stated  by  this  Survey 
whether  bismuth  can  be  produced  cheaply  or  not.  As  you 
probably  know,  bismuth  is  being  produced  as  a  by-product 
by  several  companies  in  the  United  States. 

I  am  sending  you  under  another  cover  a  separate 
from  Mineral  Resources  of  the  United  States  for  1908 
upon  the  production  of  bismuth,  which  will  give  you  some 
further  information  upon  the  subject. 

Very  respectfully, 

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Dear  Sir:  Kf-”.* 

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You  may  be  ln^jprestedvln  knowingjthat  .we  a£t  prtxluo- 

ing  Selenium,  Tellurl^a,  Cadmium,  s(t  certain  of  our  plants,  and  are 
prepared  to  furnls^Tthese  metals  in  such  quantities  as  may  be  called 
for,  and  at  reasonable  priQhu^  We  have  thought  you  would  be  inter¬ 
ested  in  having  this  information  in  connection  with  your  own  ex¬ 
perimental  work,  and  we  thought  hi  so  that  you^mlgLtf  feorTof  certain 
lines  in  which  these  metals  might  be  advantageously  used  whioh  we 
would  be  glad  to  follow  up  in  our  own  research  laboratories.  Would 
you  mind  letting  us  know  (1st)  if  you  yourself  are  interested  in  any 
one  of  these  metalB  in  your  own  laboratory  or  in  your  own  experi¬ 
ments,  and  (2d)  how  we  might  proceed  in  developing  a  market  for 
these  metals  by  experiments  in  our  own  laboratories.  The  results 
which  you  have  accomplished  have  been  so  wonderful  and  your  range  of 
experiments  haB  been  so  wide  that  it  haB  occurred  to  us  there  may  ba 
some  advantage  to  you  in  knowing  that  any  one  of  thebe  metals  is  now 
to  be  bought  on  a  commercial  basis. 


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ffllEW  Y@G3&,  June  28th, 19X0. 

M  29  i9 10 

Mr,  Thomas  A,  Edison, 

Valley  Road,  17.  Orange,  IT.  J.  A 

Dear  Sir:- 

In  reference  to  the  Biamuth  about  which  you  were  speaking  with 
my  father.  I  am  on  the  track  of  a  oarload  of  Bismuth  ore,  whioh  besides 
the  Biamuth  contents  would  run  quite  high  in  Gold  and  Silver,  and  I  will  be 
obliged  if  you  will  let  me  know  whether  or  not  you  could  make  payment  for 
the  precious  metals  in  Bismuth  ore. 

A  correspondent  of  mine  in  the  West  has  offered  me  aome 
metallic  Tellurium.  Are  you  interested  in  this  material,  and  if  so,  what 
price  oould  you  afford  to  pay  for  it?  \ 

Hoping  to  hear  from  you  at  your  early  convenience,  I  am 

D.  P.  E. 

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July  5,1910. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  IT.  J.  //  \j 

*ear  Sir: 

1(0]  ' 

Your  esteemed  favor  of  the  30th  ult.  received.  Up 
to  the  present  time  the  demand  for  the  metals  in  question  has  been 
so  insignificant  as  to  prohibit  our  getting  them  on  to  a  commer¬ 
cial  basis,  and  by  this  we  mean  at  a  low  cost.  The  quantities 
marketable  are  so  insignificant  that  we  have  not  felt  warranted  in 
going  to  any  expense  in  fitting  up  for  their  production,  and  as  a 
result  the  cost  of  recovery  has  been  very  considerable  and  necessa¬ 
rily  our  selling  prices  have  been  based  on  cost  of  production.  In 
a  general  way,  for  reasonable  sized  lots  we  would  say  the  present 
market  prices  are  about  as  follows? 



$4.00  per  lb. 
5.00  " 

We  could  very  materially  cut  these  prices  in  the  ever 
that  such  a  demand  is  found  for  any  one  of  these  metals  as  to  warrai 
our  taking  up  their  production  on  a  commercial  basis.  We  are  most 
pleased  to  know  that  you  are  interests!  in  these  metals,  and  you 
will  find  us  more  than  willing  to  oo8p<  rate  with  you  in  getting  the 
prices  down  to  a  basis  that  will  permH  of  their  being  used  on:  a 
large  scale  in  the  event  that  you  in  y«ur  experiments  find 'Uses  for 

T.  A*  E. 

these  metals  on  a  large  soale. 

As  to  bismuth,  we  are  also  greatly  interested  in  what 
you  say.  At  one  of  our  plants  we  have  been  working  for  probably 
two  years  on  a  scheme  to  produce  bismuth,  and  this  soheme  is  now 
developing  so  that  we  hope  to  have  some  definite  information  as  to 
its  outcome  in  the  course  of  the  next  few  weeks}  if  we  are  success¬ 
ful  and  are  going  to  be  able  to  produce  bismuth,  and  you  can  send 
us  orders  for  large  quantities  of  it,  we  will  do  our  best  to  help 
along  this  good  work  by  making  the  price  right.  Would  you  mind 
giving  us  an  idea  of  how  much  bismuth  you  oan  use  in  this  new  field 
of  work,  and  what  price  you  could  afford  to  pay  for  it.  With  this 
information  in  hand  we  may  feel  disposed  to  press  forward  the  scheme 
in  question  by  urging  our  Manager  to  its  development. 



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CLYDE  H.  WILSON,  President  .  FRANK  L.  WILSON,  Secretary  and  Treasure* 

Lucy  L.  Mining  and  Milling  Company 

Mines  in  Clifton  Mining  District,  Tooele  County,  Utah 

69  East  Third  South  St, 

Thomas  A, Edison, 
Orange ,N.  J. 

Salt  Lake  City,  Utah fi'-'j  &/l5/lO. 
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Dear  Sir:Your  letter  of  Aug. 9  th,Inst .Adsd.  to  me  at  Altoona  , 
Pa., was  forwarded  to  me  at  Salt  Lake  City. 

X  am  sorry  to  say  that  the  railroad  situation  is  unchanged  so  far  as 
actual  construction  is  concernedjbut  there  seems  to  he  no  doubt  that  the 
V/e stern  Pacific  or  Clark  road-or  both  -will  soon  have  branches  unde  r  way 

J.Ross  Clark, of  the  SanPedro,Los  Angeles  and  Salt  Lake  road  says  if  it  had 

not  been  for  the  bijg>  wash  out  on  their  main  line  last  winter, that  their  br 
anch  would  have  been  completed  by  this  time. The  matter  was  under  consider¬ 
ation  here  ,last  week, by  the  officers  of  the  CO. , but  I  have  not  been  able 
to  find  out  what  was  done.  There  is  a  party  of  R.R.  and  smelter  men  in  ca¬ 
mp  nowjbut  do  not  know  juBt  what  interests  they  represent.  Am  satisfied  th 
at  construction  on  at  least  one  branch  will  begin  very  soon, and  I  believe 
it  will  be  the  Clark  road  that  will  start  first. If  you  would  address  a 
letter  of  inquiry  to  E. A. Jeffery, 165, Broadway  ,New  York  City, or  to  the 
headquarters  of  the  Harriman  interests  in  the  same  city, I  have  no  doubt 
that  you  couldget  the  information  that  is  so  hard  for  us  .to  get  here. 

The  information  would  be  of  great  benefit  to  us, and  would  undoubted- 

be  of  some  interest  to  you. If  we  knew  for  a  certainty  that  the  road  would 
start  soon, we  could  get  all  the  money  we  need  to  put  in  the  mill  that  we 
need  so  badly.  *  Yours  very  truly,  Frank  L.Wilson. 


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ThomaB  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  IT.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

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H  >.T  u..uT.-C  X  , 
Your  favojr  of  Aug.  31st  received  today.  Thi 
party  owning  this  Bismuth  property  is  not  able  financially  no^ 
physically  on  account  of  his  eyesight, as  stated  in  my  previous 
lettsr, to  work  his  property.  Therefore,  it  is  for  sale. 

As  far  ns  I  have  been  able  to  learn  there  is 
not  a  larger  or  better  Bismuth  mine  in  North  America,  and  I  know 
there  is  a  considerable  quantity  of  high  grade  ore,  but  how  much 
T  am  not  able  to  state. 

As  stated  in  the  report  there  are  fully  2000  ton3 
of  ore  on  the  dumps,  which  will  run  fully  5#  Bismuth  according  to 
tests  alreddy  made. 

Please  let  me  know  what  you  term  high  grade 
Bismuth  ore,  and  what  is  it  worth  to  you  f.  o.  b.  cars  at  our 
nearest  station  which  is  Milford  on  the  Ban  Pedro  £  hos  AngeleB 

PleaBe  let  me  hear  from  you  as  early  as  con¬ 
venient  and  return  the  typewritten  report  when  you  are  through 
with  it,  and  oblige, 

A  B  D  H  E  f!  S: 

154  Bo.  4th  Bast  St., 

Salt  hake  Oity. 

Very  truly  yourB, 



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f,  LUCy  L .  Mining  and  Milling  Company 

Mines  in  Clifton  Mining  District,  Tooele  County,  Utah 

„  iiul*aQPi£i»?08  h.  toil,  ...  a  o  o\0  ^ 

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Salt  Lake  City,  Utah.  Sep.e  th.I9I0. 
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Thomas  A. Edison, 
Orange, N.J. 


Dear  Sir:  We  are  just  beginning  work  on  the  Lucy  L. property 
and  intend  to  develop  the  Bismuth  vein  extensively  during  the  coming  wint¬ 
er  .We  will  also  do  a  large  amount  of  work  on  the  Bismuth  vein  on  the  Wils¬ 
on  Consolidated  property. Prom  these  two  properties  there  is  no  doubt  that 
we  can  produce  a  large  amount  of  bismuth;butunder  the  present  circumstanc¬ 
es,  it  will  be  impossible  to  ship  in  quantity  owing  to  the  heavy  freight 
charges. .It  is  therefor  absolutely  necessary  to  have  a  mill  for  the  purpose 
of  concentration.  It  is  a  bad  time  to  undertake  to  raise  money  for  any  pu 
rpose ,but  we  believe  it  can  be  done  with  the  proper  effort  ,and  we  are 
anxious  to  get  to  producing.  Prom  your  letters, we  judge  that  you  would  be 
glad  to  see  uur  properties  upon  a  producing  basis, since  you  will  evident¬ 
ly  be  willing  to  purchase  some  of  our  bismuth  for  use  in  your  new  battery 
We  believe  we  can  be  mutually  benefitted  if  you  would  agree  to  take 
some  stock  in  the  Lucy  L. Company , and  have  concluded  to  make  you  the  follo¬ 
wing  proposition, to  wit: The  Lucy  L.Mining  and  Milling  Company  will  agree 
to  Bell  you  5,000  shares  of  its  capital  stock  for  Pive  Thousand  Dollars, st 
ock  to  be  delivered  to  you  at  any  time  .upon  the  payment  of  the  Pivr  Th¬ 
ousand  Dollars .before  the  Ninth  day  of  September .Nineteen  Hundred  and  Ele¬ 
ven.  This  will  give  you  a  year  in  which  to  examine  the  property  and  if 

Thomas  A .Edison , Sept .9th, 1909-2. 

you  do  not  find  it  is  a  satisfactory  investment ,or  if  for  any  other 
reason  you  do  not  care  to  make  the  investment, then  thisagreement  will  he 
null  and  void.  We  will  give  you  until  the  Twentieth  day  of  September ,1910 
to  accept  this  option, not  hearing  from  you  by  that  time, we  will  conclude 
that  it  is  not  satisfactory  to  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Lucy  L.  Mining  and  Milling  CO., 
Frank  L. Wilson, Gen. Mgr. 




Bios.  A.  Edison  ,  Esq. 

■Dear  Sir:- 

OMAHA  ,  14  /  10  V  // 

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and  consequent! more  extes^i^ 

•  of  “oientific  interest  only  for  ms  to  know^/what 


For  several  years  past  one  of  yc 
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toot! cat  from  tne  Mallinclcrodt  Chemical  Works  and  Jhe  Standard  Esji 

Co  of  Haywood  ,  Sf,J,  ton  lots  of  Lnhi^’oa^bonate  , 
coininc  from  our  works  ,  which  have  been,  for  several  years  peo'tvp™- 
*>»  *** «■: 

for  wa  encace4  In  invest Ifations  about‘(tii? 's 6 
minerals  and  have  found  and  opened  lareqd  epos  its  }dT  '-4  y 

discovery  of  large  deposits  of  riel  ii?Mn ^ 
direct  cause  of  its  low  price  ‘h'T  ** 

It  is  a 

the  Lithia  is  used  for  at  your  „,orJcs  and  I  ask  you  ,  whether  you 
have  any  objection  for  commercial  reasons  t  o  convey  this  infor¬ 
mation  to  me.  It  has  been  claimed  ,  that  it  vras  used  for  your  new 
storaCe  battery  ,  but  I  cannot  see  any  advantage  over  potash. 

It  seemed  to  me  ,  might  be  used  for  the  manufacture  of 
Lithium  metal  for  the  convenient  Generation  of  hydroeen  and  I  have 
quite  recently  filled  a  large  order  for  0arbon\te  to  a  large 
metallurgical  establishment  in  England  ,  which  are  contractors  to 
the  British  government. 

In  this  connection  I  wish  to  state  ,  that  I  have  found  this 
summer  ,  while  examining  my  Eithia  mines  ,  from  which  we  draw  several 
hundred  tons  of  ore  every  year  ,  the  presence  of  workable  quantities 
or  Poliucite  ,  hitherto  a  very  rare  ,:ineral 




©res,  Jhicc  iHinrrnlc,  ffirms, 
i\s!it'sias,  (Critita  niiti  filter 
Cacybour:  13.  JUruaft 

Dear  Sir:- 

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Since  I  have  had  the  privilege  of  my  lastT  personal  in&at 
view  with  you  I  have  devoted  much  attention  to  the  question  of  sup¬ 
plying  you  with  Bismuth  in  one  form  or  another  and, while  Bismuth 
Ores  can  be  had  in  fairly  large  quantities,  I  do  not  think  you  could 
treat  them  to  advantage  unless  you  wanted  to  go  into  the  Gold  and 
Silver  smelting  business.  Residues,  3uch  as  slags,  flue  dusts,  and 
others  containing  Bismuth,  are  found  rich  enough  in  but  two  works  in 
the  United  States  to  warrant  the  saving  of  Bismuth,  and  even  In  these 
two  instances  the  percentage  of  Bismuth  found  is  so  small  that  these 
residues  could  not  be  transported  and  treated  in  Orange,  but  have  to 
be  worked  for  Bismuth  on  the  spot,  and  the  quantity  of  metal  result¬ 
ing  is  small  and  finds  a  ready .market  at  $1.65  per  lb.  for  pharma¬ 
ceutical  purposes.  However,  there  are  base  metal  ores  rich  in  Bis¬ 
muth  which  are  not  worked  at  present,  and  which  I  could  induce  some 
friends  of  mine  to  smelt  with  the  object  of  obtaining  a  comparatively 
large  supply  of  Bismuth,  which  I  could  probably  furnish  you  at  a 
price  but  slightly  above  $1.-  per  lb.,  provided  I  can  absolutely  and 
positively  guarantee  my  friends  that  the  Bismuth  sold  to  you  cannot, 
in  any  shape  or  manner,  find  its  way  to  pharmaceutical  users  and  that 
the  Bismuth,  if  shipped  as  such  or  in  combination  with  chemicals , which 
leaves  your  works  is  unrecoverable.  If  you  care  to  outline  how  this 
Bismuth  is  used,  which  form  it  is  in  when  it  leaves  your  factory,  and 
why  it  cannot  be  recoverable  from  any  of  your  products,  then  I  believe 
1  can  furnish  vou  at  the  nrice  intimated  an  nUmiitt. 

Lithium  Carbonate.  Prices  are  so  far  still  unchanged.  Will 
you  kindly  favor  me  with  another  order  for  this  yeartj  shipment  or  fol¬ 
low  the  suggestion  contained  in  Mr.  Mallinckrodt ’s  letter,  which  I 
sent  you  some  time  ago  and  which,  if  you  can  lay  your  hands  upon,  I 
should  be  glad  to  get  back? 

Respectfully  yours, 



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lioraas  A.  Rdison,  » 

Orange,  II.  J.  y  ^  -r'"  Ui_v»~>a— 

X-  <&o«XC.  &* «.  c  j£><Ce  '-<*  u  _ 

■  Sir:  c<_(L^dC~  \W  V-C.  .CU  IAa*  e 

Referring  to  prev^^  correqBy|ience^  \vej^ilX  jjoon^o  ready 

iroduce  and  market  bismuth  at  one  of  our  Western  plants,  and  would 

7  UUxc  IW  ft  ev< 

s  to  know  what  progress  you  are  making  in  vour  esperim^niB— in 
C-i\_C  er-v .  <£«-  O-#  \kJ3ZZ%j5s, 

mecticn  with  this  metal;  also  wh at  quantity  you  would  like* to  use 

;  grade,  or  purity  of  metal  you  would  rcquiri 
iciatod  with  bismuth  would  be  objectionable; 

of  price,  quantity  to  be  used  regularly  and  ouch  o ther  information 
which  will  help  us  in  studying  the  proposition  locking  into  getting 
into  tiie  business. 

1910.  Battery  -  Storage  -  Promotional  (D-10-11) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
promotion  of  Edison  storage  batteries.  Included  are  "talking  points"  and  other 
promotional  descriptions,  many  in  Edison's  hand;  advertisements  printed  for 
the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.;  and  material  regarding  an  "ideal  tour"  up 
Mount  Washington  in  New  Hampshire  made  by  two  automobiles  equipped  with 
Edison  storage  batteries.  Also  included  are  items  concerning  the  plans  of 
advertising  executive,  Converse  D.  Marsh,  to  promote  the  use  of  Edison 
batteries  in  cooperation  with  electrical  manufacturers  and  central  stations. 
Among  the  correspondents  are  Frank  L.  Dyer,  vice  president  and  general 
counsel  of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.;  Leonard  C.  McChesney,  head  of 
the  Advertising  Department;  and  William  G.  Bee,  sales  manager. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  letters,  telegrams  and  memoranda  regarding  each 
leg  of  the  Mount  Washington  tour;  unsolicited  inquiries;  letters  of  transmittal 
and  acknowledgement;  and  documents  that  duplicate  information  in  selected 

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I  count  on  your  sotting  up  oomploto  data  for  an  offootivo 

sales  tall:  to  Give  tho  salesmen  who  will  report  hero  Honday  mom- 
ing.  Boole  into  this  question  vory  carefully  so  that  thoro  will 
not  ho  any  unnecessary  delays  in  getting  these  men  started  out. 
Oot  up  all  tho  Information  you  can  that  will  tell  thorn  as  much  as 
possihlo  about  our  h;ttory,  its  advantages,  how  it  is  to  he  used, 
the  disadvantecos  of  the  load  colls  and  how  load  colls  oan  ho 
replaced  with  our3.  Got  up  a  statement  giving  all  the  talking 
points  on  our  battory  and  liavo  at  loast  10  copios  of  all  tho 
papers  mado  so  that  each  man  oan  have  a  copy.  Bo  not  put  this 


matter  off  until  tho  salosmon  como,  hut  havo  everything  ready  for 
them  when  they  report  for  work. 


\  L.  B. 

The  Converse  D.  Marsh  Company-'' 


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l^y  dear  Itr.  Edison:- 


You  told  me  the  other  day  that  if  you  bad  in  the  past  associ¬ 
ated  with  you  a  business  man  oiLthe  highest  order,  you  would  today 
have  more  money  than  Rockefeller  or  Morgan. 

That  statement  was  a  fact. 

You  are  now  starting  a  business  that  will  in  a  few  years  be 
larger  than  any  you  have  previously  originated. 

It  seems  to  me  that  right  at  this  minute,  before  your  pol¬ 
icies  are  laid  down,  that  you  should  now  have  associated  with  you, a 
successful  business  man  —  not  only  a  successful  business  man,  but  a 
man  who  has  been  successful  in  manufacturing  and  selling  to  the  elec¬ 
tric  light  people  —  a  man  who  knows  them  thoroughly,  and  a  man  they 
know  and  respect  for  his  successes. 

Mr.  Edison,  I  am  the  highest  priced  man  in  the  countiy,  but 
my  position  is  a  unique  one.  I  work  for  some  of  the  largest  corpor¬ 
ations  in  this  countiy  -  I  think  I  know  every  big  successful  selling 
policy  and  eveiy  big  successful  method  of  pushing  sales  in  the  countiy. 

In  addition  I  know  the  manufacturing  and  financial  sides  of 
great  businesses  —  praotieally. 

Ifhether  you  want  ny  brains  at  my  figure,  I  do  not  know- 
but  I  am  coming  out  to  talk  it  over  with  you. 

I  am  attaching  a  memorandum  of  a  couple  of  things  I  have  done 
in  business* 



The  Converse  D.  Marsh  Company 


Carry  yourself  baok  to  the  start  of  the  Phonograph  business. 

Do  you  remember  how  Commodore  Cheever  fell  down  in  Hew  England, 
how  lippinoott'd  fell  down  in  Ohio,  how  the  Cahoon  Syn¬ 

dicate  were  unable  to  do  a  thing  in  the  South  for  lippinoott,  and  how 
miserably  the  man  who  undertook  Illinois  and  Indiana  fell  down? 

Do  you  remember  how  you  worked  all  one  night  to  help  me  get  started 
for  Michigan,  and  how  tyro  weeks  after  I  landed  there, I  organized  the 
Michigan  Phonograph  Company  and  brought  back  the  good  cash  to  Dippin- 
oott  —  the  first  cent  he  had  secured  when  everything  else  was  look¬ 
ing  blue. 

I  was  just  a  green  bqy.  I  did  not  know  a  thing  about  business, 
but  I  had  some  common  sense  and  a  little  stock  of  energy.  Immediately 
following  on  my  success  in  Michigan ,  I  got  a  lead  over  in  Ohio ,  and 
after  Lippinoott  was  nearly  driven  crazy  for  money,  you  may  remember 
I  pitched  in  and  sold  the  Texas  Phonograph  Company  to  Horman  Raff 
with  your  Brother-in-law.  Then  I  started  the  nickle-in-the-slot 
Phonograph  business  in  Hew  York,  for  the  Hew  York  Phonograph  Company, 
and  I  made  so  much  out  of  it  the  first  year ,  that  the  Haynes  brothers 
would  not  renew  my  contract  and  tried  to  run  the  business  themselves. 
Within  three  months  their  reoeipts  had  dwindled  down  to  l/3  what  they 
had  been. 

I  started  in  the  incandesoent  lamp  business  in  1693,  hut  was  the 
smallest  lamp  manufacturer  in  America. 

In  1901,  after  I  had  broken  into  the  licensees  business  vihich  the 
General  Electric  considered  their  own,  successfully ,  ny  business  was 
purchased  outright  for  oaeh  at  my  own  figure. 

The  Converse  D.  Marsh  Company 


-  2  - 

After  I  sold  ny  lamp  factory  I  ran  the  business  for  a  year 
in  competition  with  all  the  other  plants  whioh  the  National 
Company  had  consolidated.  The  Bryan  Marsh  Company  sold  more 
lamps  than  any  competitor,  got  the  highest  average  price  for  them, 
at  a  lower  selling  cost  per  lamp  than  any  other  organization  in  the 

As  there  was  no  future  in  the  consolidation  for  me  hut  a 
Balary ,  1  struck  out  into  my  present  line  after  giving  the  proper 
notice  that  ny  contract  with  the  National  provided  for.  Since  that 
time  I  have  been  engaged  primarily  as  selling  counsel  for  BOme  of 
the  largest  corporations  in  America,  and  have  made  as  high  on  this 
account  (and  in  connection  with  an  advertising  company  whioh  I  own) 
$350,000  a  year. 

You  got  me  greatly  excited  the  other  day  over  the  prospects 
for  your  battery. 

I  am  coming  out  to  talk  with  you  as  a  consequence  and  this  letter 
is  just  a  forerunner  of  my  visit. 


Commonwealth  Edison  Company, 

May  9,  1910. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  1T.J. 

mi  jo 

My  Dear.Edison:  **  -  I  J  ' 

I  have  your  letter  of  the  5th,  in  which  you  aBk 
me  about  Mr .  Converse  D.  Marsh.  Mr.  Marsh  made  a  great  success 
in  my  opinion  in  connection  with  the  Bryan-Marsh  incandescent 
lamp  business.  They  had  very  little  capital,  but  in  spite  of 
this  fact  he  was  able  to  get  quite  a  large  amount  of  business 
and  certainly  can  be  considered  as  being  a  business  getter,  and 
as  having  made  good  in  the  lamp  business. 

Since  he  has  been  in  the  Advertising  business,  X  have  had 
some  experience  with  him  as  he  ran  a  circularizing  advertising 
campaign  here  for  the  Commonwealth  Edison  Company.  I  thought 
his  work  was  very  successful  and  would  probably  be  doing 
business  with  him  now  but  it  was  necessary  as  a  matter  of 
good  policy  for  me  to  deal  with  a  local  man  on  my  advertising. 

Mr.  Edgar  started  in  dealing  with  Mr.  Marsh  in  the 
advertising  business  about  the  same  time  that  I  did  or  probably 
a  little  earlier  and  I  think  he  still  continues  the  relation¬ 
ship.  I  certainly  think  Mr.  Marsh  is  a  business  getter.  He 
has  just  as  much  energy  as  he  used  to  have  years  ago, 

I  am  very  glad  to  hear  that  your  battery  is  looming  up  so 


Your3  sincerely 

c  <4 ' 

Tiik  Kimrox  Kj.kothio  Ii,m:minm 

hostos.  Hay  lath,  1S10. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison, - 

X  find  your  letter  of  the  5th  on  my  desk  on  my  return  from 
New  York  this  morning.  I  hardly  know  what  to  say  to  you  about  Mr. 
Marsh.  He  has  been  doing  advertising  work  for  us  for  a  number  of 
years  and  in  many  respects  is  the  most  wonderful  man  that  I  have  ever 
met.  We  have  had  one  or  two  emergencies  come  up  where  we  needed  quick 
and  intelligent  action  and  he  has  risen  to  the  occasion  in  Bplendid 
shape.  He  is  full  of  ideas  and  for  work  in  connection  with  your  new 
battery  would  be  full  of  enthusiasm.  At  the  same  time,  he  needB  a 
balance  wheel  and  is  apt  to  run  away  with  himself  if  not  properly  con¬ 
trolled.  At  the  moment  he  is  doing  nothing  for  us  and  I  think  the  same 
thing  is  true  in  Chicago.  Our  principal  reason  for  dropping  him  wae 
that,  in  handling  our  Boston  newspapers,  it  seemed  desirable  to  have  a 
local  representative,  as  we  were  quite  severely  criticised  for  bringing 
New  York  talent  over  here  to  show  us  how  to  do  things.  I  am  under  the 
impression  that  Mr.  Insull  went  through  exactly  the  same  experience  and 
dropped  him  for  the  same  reason.  This,  of  course,  would  not  apply  to  a 
national  campaign  such  as  I  suppose  you  are  contemplating. 

Yours  very  truly, 




'  '  (iU  )  M  l\  { ’  4  * 

Grand  total  for  1900-  957,863,605  tons;  for  19D1 — 972,867,192 
tons;  for  l(o2— 1,061,618,627  tons;  for  1$03— 1,165,760,523  tone; 
for  l(o4— 1,176,604,719;  for  1905—1,301,757,869  tone;  for  1906— 
1,493,033,225  tons;  for  1907—1,641,410,776  tons. 

But  thoBo  figures  do  not  represent  a  single  a  single 
haul  only  hy  wagon  over  open  roads  and  highways.  Many,  and 
notably  numerous  varieties  of  agricultural  products  demand  two, 
and  even  three  road  hauls  between  the  time  of.  harvest  on  the 
farm  and  to  the  actual  consumer. 

The  Live  stock  Journal  says  in  an  Editorial, - 
"There  are  31,453,750  horses  in  the  united  StateB  with  the 
greatest  valuation  in  the  world: 

Horses  valuation  $3,461,822,500. 

Cattle,  Hogs  and  Sheep  $2,296,028,000 

Total  Cereal  Crops  $3,000,000,000 

The  Home  Industry  1b  the  greatest  interest  in  the  world,  more 
than  a  billion  dollars  greater  than  all  our  oattle,  hogs  and 
Bheep  and  iB  461  million  dollars  more  than  our  oereal  crops  of 
corn,  wheat,  oats,  barley  and  rye."  And  all  are  used  as  motors. 

"The  present  status  of  traotion  by  electric  storage 
over  open  roads  and  highways",  continued  Mr.  Edison, "is  thiBt 
A  one  ton  truok,  carrying  one  ton  of  load,  averages,  in  regular  me 
for  200  machines  in  Hew  York  City  and  itB  environB,  from  35  to 
40  miles  per  day.  The  practicable  radiuB,  however,  as  demonstrated 
by  one  machine  delivering  packages  In  Long  Islaid,  can  be  as  high 
as  63  miles.  The  ordinary  battery  requires  7  l/2  hours  for 
charging.  The  small  truok  battery,  of  60  cells,  weighs  840  lbB. 
and  has  a  radius  of  45  miles;  the  next  size,  1,200  pounds,  is  of 
the  class  with  the  demonstrated  radius  of  90  miles  and  does 
regularly  63  miles 

"And  is  this  the  last  word  in  modem  power?" 

He  threw  up  his  hands,  in  the  gesture  of  a  man  at 
once  hopeful  and  dismayed,  exclaiming: 

"Oh,  if  we  can  only  find  some  way  to  convert  the 
energy  of  coal  directly  into  electriolty,  we  will  enter  upon  a 
wholly  now  era.  V/e  get  now  only  10  per  cent  of  that  tremen¬ 
dous  energy;  with  electricity,  we  might  find  ourselvoB  utiliz¬ 
ing  75  per  cent.  Talk  about  conservation} 

"I  have  tried  it  again  and  again.  1  have  my  eyeB 
open  for  it  always.  Somebody  will  do  it.  The  consequences 
are  impossible  to  compute.  But,  for  myself,  I  cannot  now 
imagine  what  form  the  discovery  will  take. 

“The  trouble  with  us"— and  the  expression  turned  rumi¬ 
native  and  none  too  hopeful— "is  that  we  have  only  five  senses. 
If  we  had  five  more,  we  would  know  a  lot  more.  There  are  prob¬ 
ably  four  hundred  wireless  messages  of  all  kinds  going  through 
this  room  this  minute,  and  we  can  imagine  nothing  at  all  as  to 

their  nature. 

"Discoveries?  Why,  man,  we  know  as  little  to-day  of 
what  we  need  know  and  may  come  to  know,  as  the  vaudeville 
ohimpanzee  knows  of  the  expert  white  man's  highest  knowledge. 
We  are  just  emerging  from  the  animal  stage  of  our  racial 

existence! 1 


'"he  lead  battery  in  use  for  so  many  years  has  a  life 
in  Electric  Truoks  where  it  is  oarefully  attended  to,  of  one 
year,  hut  whore  it  does  not  reooive  good  attention  it  is 
oaprioious  and  has  a  very  short  life,  which  has  prevontod 
the  suooess  of  the  pleasure  vehicle  and  the  Sleotrio  Truck 
non-oommeroial,  it  has  one  merit  over  the  new  battery,  it 
is  cheap  but  its  short  life  makes  it  far  more  expensive  in 
the  end.  The  new  b&ttory  is  guaranteed  to  last  threo  yoars 
beoause  they  have  been  run  three  years  on  test.  This  is  all 
that  is  required  to  make  trucking  by  electricity  as  against 
the  horse  highly  commercial  but  I  believe  these  batteries  are 
going  to  last  three  times  that  period. 

I  believe  that  in  time  a  man  oan  order  100  HorBe  Power 
hours  to  run  a  motor  for  some  particular  use  end  have  it  carted 
to  his  door  and  the  power  furnished  extremely  cheap. 

How  about  the  gasolene  truck  f 

The  gasolene  truok  oan  nover  solve  the  truoking  problem; 
three  tons  of  ooal  turned  into  eleotrloity  and  put  into  un 

electric  truok  and  costing  nine  dollars  will  give  more  power 
than  a  ton  of  gasolene  costing  thirty  two  dollars.  Gasoline 


is  the  most  expensive  of  our  fuels.  Everyone  knows  who 
has  had  a  gasolene  oar  that  the  repairs  are  excessive.  Ehis 
may  be  all  right  for  a  man's  pleasure  but  when  it  is  applied 
to  his  business  it  is  on  a  different  basiB  -  gas  oars  can  bo 
given  high  speed,  so  oan  eleotrios,  but  what  value  is  speed 
in  congested  city  3tr<ietsr:  V.hy  do  we  not  run  our  street  oars 
by  gaBoleneV  V.'e  could  save  millions  in  dispensing  with  the 
trolley  end  power  stations,  yet  all  of  these  millions  is 
preferred  to  bo  invested  to  obtain  the  reliability  and  low 
oost  of  maintenance  of  the  Eiaotromotor.  look  at  the  enor¬ 
mous  complication  of  a  four  cylinder  gasolene  engine  as  com¬ 
pared  to  a  simple  motor  and  its  chain  for  driving  -  nothing 
was  wanted  but  the  missing  link  -  that  is  now  supplied  by 
a  reliable  light  weight,  long  lived  storage  battery. 



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Referring  to  your  memorandum  1651,  am  sending 
you  the  copy  of  the  lower  7, 'agon  for  I!ay  referred  to  hy 
Hr.  Anderson.  The  advertisement  you  will  find  is  on  Page  1. 

'.7.  G.  Bee. 


For  every  type  of  electric  vehicle  from  the 
lightest  runabout  to  a  five-ton  motor  truck 
— a  full  day’s  work  on  one  charge  with 

The  Edison 
Storage  Battery 

The  new  Edison  Storage  Battery  is  so  far  beyond  any  storage  batterv 

thU  PUt  the  m,arket  ^hat  £ere  is  n0  comparison.  The  use  of 

this  battery  on  the  trucks  and  delivery  wagons  of  such  firms  as  the 
Adams  Express  Company,  R.  H.  Macy  &  Company,  James  A.  Hearn 

vm?h  ny’  u 1 ltken  So.n-  &  ComPany-  A.  A.  Vantine  &  Company,  and 
many  others,  bear  out  this  statement.  v 

Read  these  statements 

from  an  Automobile  Trade  Paper,  regarding  one  of  R.  H. 
:  p “  Company’s  delivery  wagons  equipped  with  an 
Edison  Storage  Battery: 

store, ^mbiadnj^nt^  re g u  1  n r^S t n te n  ^1  si 


Fri;^e^°rk0fnlerCtri?  veh,icles  of  a11  types,  equipped  with 
Edison  Stoi age  Batteries,  shows  a  big  increase  inefficiency 
ovei  velncles  equipped  with  any.  other  storage  batteries  niade^ 
whether  on  a  long  continuous  run  or  a  haul  broken  up  by 
short  trips,  quick  stops  and  starts.  1  .  y 

For  ignition  of  gasoline  cars,  motor  boats  and  all  internal 
combustion  motors,  it  is  by  far  the  most  practical  and 
economical  battery  made.  ^ 

It  is  also  adaptable  for  search  lights,  head  and  tail  lamps 
and  incandescent  lighting  of  enclosed  cars.  1 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Company 

102  Lakeside  Avenue,  Orange,  N.  J. 

out  on  a  'broad  non-partisan  basis,  so  that  it  would 
benefit  the  whole  industry— not  any  one  particular 

Under  Buch  circumstances,  I  should 
like  to  contribute — so,  doubtless,  would  many  of 
the  Vehiole  makerB  who  buy  from  various  lead 
battery  manufacturers,  as  well  as  the  various  battery 
makers  themselveB,  provided  the  plan  was  in  the  hands 
of  a  thoroughly  non-partisan  committee  and  provided 
no  particular  vehiole  or  battery  waB  mentioned  in 
any  way— the  whole  advertising  directed  towards 
making  the  public  believe  in  the  Electric  Wagon  and 
Carriage  business— not,  to  "boom"  any  particular 
contributor— nor  do  I  believe  the  expenditure  should 
be  managed  or  directed  by  any  interested  manufacturer. 

It  seems  to  me  it  would  be  eminently 
desirable  to  have  all  interested  in  the  industry 

s*  "  -  2  - 

co-operate  so  as  to  secure  the  largest  measure  of 
success.  Then  it  would  be  on  the  highest  plane— no 
axes  ground— and  the  industry  as  a  whole  would 
receive  the  entire  benefits  broadly. 

If,  on  the  other  hand,  it  is  a  partisan 
scheme  of  one  clique,  it  will  re-act  against  the 
business,  for  to  the  outside  public,  the  whole  plan 
should  appear  as  a  real  co-operation  effort  by  all 

I  know  that  neither  you  nor  other  large 
Central  Station  interests  would  want  to  put  in  your 
money  for  any  particular  man's,  or  any  particular 
company's  speoial  aggrandizement,  nor  would  you  want 
to  "Boost"  any  special  battery  or  vehicle  at  the  ultimate 
expense  of  the  business  as  a  whole. 

It  is  now  pretty  generally  known  that  I 
am  in  the  storage  battery  business,  but  there  has  not 
— gg.n  invitation  extended  to  me  to  come  in  on 

the  plan.  Nevertheless,  under  the  auspices  of  a  non¬ 
partisan  committee  of  Central  Station  men  thoroughly 
committed  to  favor  no  particular  car  or  buttery,  I 
would  be  willing  to  contribute  §5,000.;  and  other 
interests,  such  as  electric  wagon  and  vehicle  makers 
who  are  not  now  interested  in  the  "co-operative"  plan 
would  doubtless  also  be  willing  to  contribute. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Commonwealth  Edison  Company, 

June  6,  1910. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.., 

Orange,  N.J. 

My  Dear  Edison: 

I  have  your  letter  of  the  3rd.  The  only  plan  I  know  of 
is  a  scheme  to  advertise  electric  vehicles  gotten  up  hy  the  Electric 
Storage  Battery  Company,  which,  of  course,  was  intended  to  boost 
their  own  particular  business,  and  they  asked  the  Commonwealth  Edison 
Company  to  subscribe  towards  their  advertising  in  magazines,  and 
we,  of  course,  readily  did  so,  and  if  you  had  a  similar  scheme  and 
asked  us  to  subscribe  we  would  have  subscribed  $500.  to  your  scheme. 

I  do  not  know  of  any  co-operative  plan  beyond  this.  I  do  not  think 
the  idea  of  a  co-operative  plan  of  advertising  of  a  non-pattisan 
character  in  order  to  stimulate  the  electric  truck  and  vehicle 
businesshas  ever  been  considered,  and,  therefore,  I  do  not  see  how 
an  invitation  could,  under  the  circumstances,  have  been  extended 
to  you  to  come  into  the  plan.  My  suggestion  would  be  that  the 
various  storage  battery  manufacturers  and  electric  vehicle  inanufact- 
urers  get  together  and  work  out  a  general  scheme  of  co-operative 
advertising  and  then  ask  the  Central  Station,  interests  to  co-operate 
in  the  matter.  I  am  not  interested  at  all  in  pushing  the  Electric 
Storage  Battery  Company’s  business.  Their  scheme  struck  me  as  a 
very  smart  one  in  their  own  interests,  as  it  will  give  them,  for  a 
very  little  money,  the  control  of  a  very  large  advertising  fund 
and  we  decided  to  spend  $500»  on  i*  just  as  an  evidence  of  our  good 
will.  I  note  in  your  letter  you  underline  the  wordB  "there  has 
not  been  any  invitation  extended  to  me  to  come  in  on  the  plan." 

Commonwealth  Edison  Company, 

June  6,  19X0. 

Do  you  think  for  one  moment  that  the  Electric  Storage  Battery 
Company  would  get  up  a  scheme  to  advertise  their  own  wares  and 
then  ask  you  to  join  in  the  scheme  and  give  you  some  of  the 
Benefits  which  would  accrue  to  them  as  the  result  of  the  exercise 
of  their  grajt  matter?  Excuse,  my  -writing  you  in  this  v/ay 
but  your  letter  rather  amuses  me.  Did  Converse  D.  Marsh  dictate 

Yours  truly 



June  6,  1910. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear, Mr.  Edison: 

Permit  me  to  acknowledge  the  receipt  of  your  favor  of 
the  3rd  instant  in  referenoe  to  the  oo-operative  plan  of  adver¬ 
tising  electric  vehicles.  Our  Company  has  had  no  relationship 
with  this  plan,  nor  did  we  know  anything  about  it  until  we  were 
asked  to  subscribe  to  a  co-operative  advertising  fund.  This 
we  have  done,  to  the  extent  of  $500.00,  simply  for  the  purpose 
of  helping  the  cause  along.  It  was  our  desire  that  this  fund 
should  be  confined  simply  to  advertising  all  makes  of  electric 
vehicles,  leaving  the  manufacturer  and  the  purchaser  to  decide 
on  the  battery. 

We  projected  a  local  organization  with  the  name  of 
11  The  Hew  York  Electric  Vehicle  Association”,  but  after  confer¬ 
ence  with  various  eleotric  vehicle  manufacturers  and  others 
interested  in  the  industry  we  have  agreed  to  make  this  organi¬ 
zation  "The  Rational  Electric  Vehicle  Association". 

The  purpose  of  the  organization  is  much  the  same  as 
that  of  the  National  Electric  Light  Association  and  the  National 
Organization  of  Gasoline  Automobile  Manufacturers.  It  is  in¬ 
tended  to  treat  with  absolute  Impartiality  all  who  are  interested 

T  A  E  -2-  6  Ju  10 

in  this  industry;  to  bring  together  the  manufacturers  of  vehicles 
and  batteries,  the  companies  supplying  electric  current,  the  sell¬ 
ing  agents  and,  going  a  step  beyond  other  organizations,  to  also 
include  the  users  of  electric  vehicles.  This  seems  to  be  -  and 
X  hope  it  also  meets  your  views  -  co-operative  effort  in  the  high¬ 
est  sense.  It  brings  together  a  groat  many  interests  which  are 
alike  and  in  common  and  we  think  goes  a  step  further,  in  the  di¬ 
rection  of  impressing  upon  the  public  that  the  electrio  storage 
battery  and  the  electric  vehicle  have  now  reached  a  development 
point  where  organization  as  a  distinct  branch  of  the  industry  1b 
entirely  justified. 

We  are  anxious  to  secure  your  name  as  one  of  the  charter 
members  of  the  Association,  also  your  presence  at  the  first  or¬ 
ganization  meeting  in  these  offices  on  Wednesday  morning,  June 
8th,  at  eleven  o'clock.  Your  presence  would  lend  prestige  to 
the  movement  that  would  otherwise  be  lacking. 

We  shall  be  pleased  to  have  any  suggestions  that  you 
may  care  to  make. 

Trusting  that  you  will  find  it  possible  to  attend  our 
meeting  on  Wednesday,  I  am. 

Yours  sinoerely. 


Vice  President. 

Tub  Kdisos  Ki.kotuio  Im.iuiixatixg  Co. 

Boston.  June  6th,  1910. 

M:  8- 


ThomaB  A.  Edison,  Esq, , 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison, - 

X  have  read  over  your  letter  of  the  2nd  with  a  great  deal  of 
interest.  Some  weeks  ago  I  was  asked  to  go  into  the  scheme  to  which  you 
referred  hut  declined  on  the  general  theory  that  we  preferred  to  spend 
our  own  money,  in  our  own  way.  We  are  spending  each  year  from  $60,000. 
to  $75,000.  in  local  newspaper  advertising  and  rather  feel  that  we  are 
doing  our  full  share  toward  promoting  the  electric  vehicle. 

I  think  the  point  which  you  have  made  is  well  taken  and  that 
a  national  campaign  ought  to  he  independent  of  any  particular  make  of 
battery  or  vehicle.  I  do  not  know  whether  the  other  large  Edison  Com¬ 
panies  feel  as  we  do  :or  not  hut  as  far  as  our  Company  is  concerned,  we 
are  not  interested  in  the  present  scheme. 

Yours  very  truly. 






Boston,  Mass.,  June  6,  1910. 

a  ^ 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  teg  .to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  letter  of 
June  Srd,  in  reference  to  the  co-operative  plan  of  advertis¬ 
ing  electric  trucks  and  vehicles,  and  suggesting  that  this 
plan  should  be  nonpartisan,  and  that  it  should  include  all 
storage  battery  makers  as  well  as  various  vehicle  manufac¬ 

As  a  general  proposition,  I  agree  with  you  absolutely 
that  this  advertising  should  be  done  upon  broad  lines  and 
should  not  be  for  the  particular  benefit  of  any  one  company, 
and  I  feel  quite  sure  that  the  Central  Stations  of  the  country 
cannot  afford  to  tie  themselves  up  with  any  particular  make  or 
type  of  battery  or -vehicle. 

When  this  advertising  scheme  was  first  brought  to 
my  attention,  1  felt  about  it  exactly  as  you  do,  and  took  steps 


to  broaden  its  scope.  This  idea  was  not  well  received  by 
the  promoters  of  the  advertising  scheme  -  The  Electric  Stor¬ 
age  Battery  Company  of  Philadelphia  -  but  I  found,  after 
talking  over  the  matter  at  various  times,  that  there  was 
some  difference  of  opinion  among  the  officers  of  this 
company.  it  will  interest  you,  I  am  sure,  when  I  tell  you 
that  1  am  still  at  work  upon  the  matter  and  have  some 'hope 
of  securing  a  change  in  viewpoint  of  The  Electric  Storage 
Battery  Company.  1  am  writing  them  again  today  and  as  soon 
as  I  hear  from  them  definitely  1  will  communicate  with  you 

Thanking  you  for  calling  it  to.  my  attention,  and 
appreciating  your  interest  in  the  matter,  1  beg  to  remain, 
Yours  very  truly, 



The  Converse  D.  Marsh  Company 



tyUP*'  jus  jsj 

Mr.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  j, 
Mr.  Edison: 

iw  Yprk,  7,  19^ 



Afr  [JT 

I  enclose  a  letter  I  have  written 

to  the  Lansden  Wagon  Co..  1] 

Will  you  please  0.  K.  it  and  send  it 
to  them?  - 

They  will  send  at  least  two  letters  to 
the  Central  Stations  and  consequently  should  have 
twelve  thousand  letter  heads  on  hand. 


Very  truly  youBs, 

The  Converse  D.  Marsh  Company 


M  8-  ,sio 

July  7,  1910. 

Lansden  Wagon  Co., 

Newark,  N.  J. 


‘•e  will  shortly  issue  a  letter  on  your 
letter  head  to  the  Central  Staions. 

You  ought  to  have  at  least  twelve  thousand 
letter  heads  on  hand  so  that  we  will  not  he  delayed 
in  getting  out  the  letters. 

Will  you  kindly  attend  to  this? 

Very  truly  yours, 



July  l!5th,19 

Messrs.  Dyer,  Thf-Hpn  &  ffnTirr- 

On  the  way  up  from  Atlantic  City  last  Friday  morning  the 
statement  was  hy  one  or  two  of  you  that  we  ought  to  have 
a  new  and.  different  Storage  Battery  Catalogue.  It  is  quite 
lilrely  that  a  new  catalog  must  be  printed  in  the  near  future, 
and  I  would  lijce  to  find  out  wherein  you  thirdc  the  present 
catalogue  does  not  cover  the  ground.  In  what  respect  should 
it  be  changed? 

i/o  .d3VI3DHfl  \ 

1  oremjui 

V  .fl'iYU  J  XHAHH 

It  is  not  necessary  to  go  into  details,  but  give  me,  in  a 
general  way,  what  you  have  in  mind. 


July  14,  1910. 


Replying  to  your  memorandum  of  the  13th  inst. 

I  had  intended  bringing  this  matter  up,  because  as  a  result  of 
my  last  trip  through  the  Y/est  I  had  made  up  my  mind  that  our 
present  storage  battery  catalogue  would  have  to  bo  changed. 

It  is  r '.ally  nothing  more  than  a  sort  of  preliminary  announce¬ 
ment  regarding  the  battery.  X  think  all  references  to  manufao- 
ture  and  all  of  the  outs  relating  to  the  plant  should  be 
omitted  and  the  catalogue  should  be  limited  to  the  battery 
itself.  In  other  words,  there  should  be  very  good  outs,  show¬ 
ing  the  battery  and  its  elements,  the  descriptive  matter  to 
tell  just  what  the  battery  Ji's  and  indioate  the  strong  points. 
There  should  also  be  curves  and  data  showing  its  efficiency 

and  life.  Also, 

L  comparative  statement  showing  the  advant¬ 

ages  of  the  Edison  battery  over  the  lend  battery.  Also,  in 
parallel  columns,  a  statement  showing  what  has  to  be  done  to 
tahe  oare  of  the  lead  battery  and  the  same  data  relating  to 
the  Edison  battery,  indicating  how  much  easier  it  is  to 
handle  the  iSdison  battery# 

There  might  also  be  included  a  list  of  the  principal 
users  of  the  Edison  battery. 

In  other  wordB,  the  catalogue  ought  to  very  fully 
describe  the  battery  and  nothing  need  be  said  about  the  size 
of  our  plant,  nor  the  proceBB  of  making  the  batteries. 

F.  L.  D. 



Jkly  25,  1910. 

Prank  L.  Dyer,  Esq., 

Vice  President, 

I’dlGon  Storage  Battery  Company, 

Orange,  Mow  Jersey. 

Lly  Dear  Hr.  Dyer: 

Answering  yours  of  the  22nd: 

iaaodiatoly  I  saw  that  you  objoctod  to  ay.  debating  with 
Hr.  Blizzard- tho  nori to  of  tho  Edison  and  Exido  Batteries,  I  dropped 
tho  matter  completely  until  wo  had  an  opportunity  for  conference. 

I  assumed  no  foolish  position.  You  may  ronembor  that  I 
told  you  over  tho  telephone  that  when  the  suggestion  was  mad©  that 
I  tako  part  in  a  controversy  with  Hr.  Blizzard,  I  not  the  suggestion 
by  saying  that  if  ho  did  I  was  not  up  on  the  technical  dotalls  and 
expected  to  be  allowed  the  privilege  of  having  on  Edison  Battery 
Engineer  with  mo. 

I  am  circulating  gonorally  and  I  hope  I  am  also  stirring 
up  somo  interest. 

You  are  correct:  tho  work  I  am  doing  comes  under  tho 

contract  made,  on  June  7th.  Shore  is  no  extra  charge  for  any  of  my 

Mow  York,  in 

personal  work  so  long  as  it  does  not  call  no  out  of  tow:-. 
whioh  1g  included  my  visits  to  Orange. 

Yours  very  truly. 

July  29th, 1910 

X , loave 
with  Calldns 
of  each  week 
wo  ok. 

“w  u  wo  weoics 1  vacation.  *  _ _ 

&  Holden  to  send  a  man  out  on  Monday  or  Tuesday" 
to  talk  to  you  about  the  copy  for  the  following 

They  will  alao  see  that  the  proofs  are  submitted  ancl  every 
tisingatt°lrti0n  eiV0U  that  is  noossauJy  to  carry  out  this  adver- 

Should  you  want  anything  in  my  department  during  m 

tato3  oara  of  it  for  you.  He  is  thorough- 
I'ith  th0  work  of  the  department ,  and  can  continue 
anything  that  you  may  have  discussed  with  me. 


Thig~l«t'tlr  was  written  and  given  to 

- Mr.Bac.  Augieth.  1910/ - - 


<6 t- 

Keyes  Electric  Company  -h(^ 
Electricity  ^ 

Gowanda,  New  York  August  i°, 

Thomas  j.  j_cl  is  or , 

Q.Gtm  10  ’ 

'Ytc.e.t  }f  imp-.  '  c*  ^’83^0*-^ 

Lo-I-U.  t-o-rtCL  ,  aJsaxct*  \^J 

dsbatM*  ,  2-  OAH  « «  |i  O  f 

j*w  V tvM^e  / 

ipt  or  ,"uur  letter  unjey  datejof  ."urrust  i^t 
do  in  the  wa.v.  of  chnrfeine  automobile /bn.i.J*rr 

the  way  Of  ohnrorlnw 

f  <*.  <ifK 

t4»V9tlb^ hf^*^ It?  oT** ii11  volt. 
jynlos.  y.’e  have  ~aTl""d  a v‘~~nr?  n  Cg 


In  reply  wish 
and  /.  C.  Jin  single  phss 
service.  ’-Vhile  we  uo  not  charge  automobile  batteries  except  for 
the  sparking  batteries  we  be'iie.e  we  could  do  so.  In  case  your 
T'oute  would  lay  through  here  wc  would  nak  that' you  kindly  advise 
us  just  what  would  be 'necessary  Tor  us  to  have  in  connection  with 
our  D.C.  current  to  charge  your  batteries  and  we  would  try  and 
be  ready  for  you. 

In  connection  with  this  wish  to  say  thnt  inasmuch  nS  t* 1 s 
trip  a noears  to  be  for  the  benefit  of  the  electrics!  industry  we 
will  be  pleased  to  extend  the  courtesies  of  our  firm  and  the  use 
of  our. apparatus  and  to  advise  that  we  are  at  the  end  of  thirty 
four  mile  of  excellent  state  road  from  Buffalo  and  half  way  between 
Buffalo  and  Jamestown. 

In  case  your  trip  should  be  through  Gowanda  we  would  be 
pleased  to  co-operate  with  you  in  any  way  in  making  the  trio  a 
success  through  here  and  would  arrange  to  have  several  -'ho  are 
interested  in  the  battery,,  see  it. 

.Vain  assuring  you  of  our  earnest  desire  to  aid  you  in  any 
way  wo  can,  we  beg  to  remain. 

Yours  very  truly, 


V.c  inclose  a  small  b  oklct  “ THL  STORY  C»  A.  CREEK’*  and 
would  appreciate  very  much  an  exrressfrom  you  In  reran-1  to  it. 

Pennsylvania  Packet,  1771:  Daily  Advertiser,  1784 
United  States  Gazette,  1789:  The  oldest  Daily 
Newspaper  in  America  Philadelphia 


Mgr.  .New  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co, 
/121  Lakeside  Ave  , 

X  Orange,  IT.  J. 

nft \ 

I  notice  ,a  "stunt"  you  are  pulling  off  around  New 
York  to  promote  the  New  Edison  Storage  Battery.  This  i's 
unique  and  interesting  and  i  want  to  compliment  you  on  the 
idea.  I  think  if  you  would  use  Philadelphia  for  the  basis 
of  a  similar  operation  it  would  go  a  long  ways  towards  ' 
promoting  more  interest  in  the  electric  automobile  in  this 
territory.  \ 

It  has  been  suggested  to  me  by  local  electric  I 
people  that  the  North  American  hold  an  electric  pleasure  ! 
reliability  run  between  Philadelphia  and  Atlantic  City  f 
and  return,  sometime  in  October.  I  am  to-day  writing  the 
various  manufacturers  of  electrics  to  get  their  views  on  this 
suDject.  \ 

I  am  sending  you  herewith  a  couple  of  papers 
showing  you  the  success  we  made  with  our  recent  Motor 
Truck  Reliability  Contest. 

....  This  electric  run  will  be  held  under  the  same 
conditions  and  would  unquestionably  feo  a  long  way  in  in- 
nrHnmncT  ’"'“iBt  in  electrical  vehicles  in  and  around 

*r°rth  American  stands  pre-eminent  in  the 
automobile  field,  here,  and  is  naturally  the  logical  paper 
to  undertake  a  proposition  of  this  kind  P  P 


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October  4th,  1910. 

Hr.  Carl  Horhert, 

44  Trinity  Place, 

How  Roc ho lie ,  H.Y. 

I.!y  aear  Ur.  Herbert 

Your  favor  of  September  22nd 
was  auly  roooivoa  an!  1  have  aelayed  answering  the 
some  until  I  oould  bring  up  the  matter  to  Hr.  Edison. 

I  have  not  boon  ablo,  however ,  to  interest  him  in  the 
propoaition.  At  tho  present  timo  v/e  are  being  litorally 
swamped  with  orders  for  tho  Edison  Battery  and  are  get¬ 
ting  farther  and  farher  behind  in  our  deliveries.  Mr. 
Edison  l'oels  that  undor  these  clrcumstancos  it  would  be 
a  rather  bad  policy  for  us  to  start  out  on  any  now 
publicity  scheme  which  might  result  in  further  embarr¬ 
assment.  He  feols  that  all  of  our  efforts  should  be  ex¬ 
pended  in  providing  for  incroaso  of  output,  in  order  to 
take  oaro  of  the  businoss  that  v/e  have  so  far  beon  ablo 
to  stir  up.  I  am  really  sincerely  sorry  not  to  bo  ablo 
to  writo  you  a  moro  favorable  letter,  but  I  have  dono 
all  that  I  can  to  interest  Mr.  Edison  in  tho  proposition. 

,  Yours  very  truly, 

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l  The  tv;o  Electrics  of  "Bailey"  and  "Detroit"  manufacture 
each  with  its  crew  of  two  men  and  some  throe  hundred  pounds  of 
extra  .Weight  in  the  shape  of  clothing,  extra  tools  and  tires 
started  from  Hew  York  on  September  17th  and  successfully  complet¬ 
ed  "Ideal  Tour".  .  ..<  {- 

The  two  cars  -feeekythe  "Tour"  in  opposite  directions  meet¬ 
ing  at  the  Mount  Washington  House,  Brett on  Woods,  where  it  was 
decided  an  attempt  should  be  made  to  climb  Mount  Washington. 

A  detour  of  some  foyrty  fivo  miles  was  necessary  to  reach 
Glen,  the  start  of  the  wagon  road.  This  of  necessity  broke  into 
the  original  plan  of  having  the  cars  follow  the  regular  gasoline 
car  schedule  as  set  forth  in  the  "Ideal  Tour". 

Mount  Washington  rises  6229  feet  into  the  air  and  the 
grades  of  the  eight  mile  wagon  road  vary  from  the  14$  average 
to  a  maximum  of  27$. 


That  a  small  Electric  equipped  with  merely  a  2  1/2  H  motor 
and  its  storage  battery  should  make  this  climb , which  taxes  to  the 
limit  the  high  powered  gas  and  steam  cars,  was  a  revelation  to  all 
who  wi tn  ess ed 

Seven  ^Hhe  eight  mile  climb  was  accomplished  the  last 
mile  being  made  impossible  by  blinding  rains  and  terrific  winds. 

Along  the  route  it  was  found  that  nearly  every  Electric 
Light  Station  with  but  very  small  alterations  could  recharge  the 

ITo  serious  trouble  was  experienced  throughout  the  entire 
trip.  A  motor,  heavily  overloaded  on  the  mountain  climb,  melted  a. 
little  solder  on  the  .wire  connections,*  a  bad  spot  in  the  road 
broke  a  forward  spring,*  both  repairs  were  made  on  the  road  with 
but  slight  delay. 


Tire  troubles  were  rather.below  the  average  experienced 
on  such  a  trip.  ' 

Practically  the  trip  with  the  Electrics  was  a’S"  readily 
carried  out  as  with  the  gas  cars,  proving  that  the  fllewABattery 
will  drive  any  kind  of  a  vehicle  over  any  road  that  a  gas  car 
can  negotiate,  and  make  the  usual  mileage  that  is  customary  in 
long  family  tours.  r  , 



The  two  .Electrics  of  "Bailey"  and  "Detroit"  manufacture 
each  with  its,  crew  of  two  men  and  some  three  hundred  pounds  of 
9:xtra  weight  in  the  shape  of  clothing  extra  tools  and  tires 
started  from  Nov/  York  City  on  September  17th  and  successfully 
completed  the  above  "Ideal  Tour". 

The  tv/o  cars  took  the  "Tour"  in  opposite  directions  meeting 
at  the  Mount  Washington  House,  Bretton  V.'oods,  where  it  v/as  decided 
an  attempt  should  be  made  to  climb  Mount  Washington. 

A  detour  of  some  fourty  five  miles  v/as  necessary  to  reach 
Glen,  the  start  of  the  v/agon  road.  This  of  necessity  broke  into 
the  original  plan  of  having  the  cars  follow  the  rerular  gasoline 
car  schedule  as  set  forth  in  the  "Ideal  Tour". 

Mount  Washington  rises  6229  feet  into  the  air  and  the 
gradeB  of  the  eight  mile  v/agon  road  vary  from  the  14?o  average 
to  a  maximum  of  27$T 

That  a  small  Electric  equipped  v/ith  merely  a  2  l/2  H  motor 
and  its  storage  battery  should  make  this  climb  which  taxes  to  the 
limit  the  high  pov/ered  gas  and  steam  cars,  v/as  a  revelation  to  all 
who  v/itnessed. 

Seven  of  mile  climb  was  accomplished  the  last 

mile  being  made  impossible  by  blinding  rains  and  terrific  winds. 

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vas  found  that  nearly  every  Electric 
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little  solder  on  the  wire  connections,  a  bad  soot  in  the  road 
broke  a  forward  spring,  both  repairs  were  made' on  the  road  with 
but  slight  delay. 

ire  rather  below  the  average  experienced 

Practically  the  trip  with  the  Electrics  was  readily 
carried  out  as  with  the  gas  cars,  proving  that  the  new  battery 
will  drive  any  kind  of  a  vehicle  over  any  road  that  a  gaB  car 
can  negotiate,  and  make  the  usual  mileage  that  is  customary  in 
family  tours. 



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£dison  il  uctromobilos  make  1000  mile 
"Ideal  Tour0  and 
climb  Mount  Washington. 

The  two  "Hlectromoblluc"  equipped  with  Mi'.  .ScU.  son's 
new  storage  buttery  have  completed  their  thousand  mile  en¬ 
durance  run  over  the  well  known  "Ideal  Tour",  not  only 
thin  but  ns  a  side  issue  they  mace  seven  of  the  eight  mile 
climb  up  Mount  Vashington,  being  prevented  from  contin¬ 
uing:  to  the  vary  top  by  rain,  hail,  and  heavy  winds. 

The  machines  of  "Bailey  and  "Potx-oit"  typos  with 
their  crown  of  two  men  each  top-ether  with  bap  rape  and 
necessary  touring  equippment  of  tools  and  tiros,  loft 
tfww  York  City  Saturday  sept.  17th,  and  arrived  at  Waterbury 
thoir  first  resting  place  the  same  night  in  pood  form.  One 
car  taking  the  shore  road  and  the  other  the  inland  route 
via  Biarcliff. 

After  charging  their  batteries  at  Vatt-rbury  Saturday 
night  the  curs  parted,  the  Bailey  making  her  next  stopping 
place  at  PittsfiOd  Mass,  while  the  Detroit  proceeded  to 
Boston  by  way  of  Hartford,  Springfield  and  Vo  rooster. 

Tho  third  night  saw  the  little  Bailey  at  Manchester, 
Vt.  where  she  was  confronted  with  ono  of  the  extreme  tests 
of  the  trip  in  the  shape  of  the  Peru  Mountain  with  its  rough 
roads  and  heavy  grades. 


The  owners  of  large  gasoline  care  laughed  at  the 
little;  cur  when  her  erov  told  what  they  were  about  to 
attempt.  Baying  that  it  was  an  impossible  feat  to 'accomplish. 
Nevertheless,  they  went  over  in  fine  shape  and  arrived  in 
Springfield  the  next  evening.  A  short  delay  was  experienced 
horo  by  luck  of  water  power  at  the  .Qoctrlc  Lighting  station. 

In  the  meantime  the  Detroit  Car  was  spinning  along 
the  Muss,  and  Hoino  coast,  from  Boston  through  Lynn  to  Ports¬ 
mouth  on  to  Portland  and  Poland  Springs.  Here  as  in  Manchester 
with  the  Bull ey,  the  car,  stopped  at  the  rummer  Hotel  and 
ar roused  great  interest.  The  owners  of  high  powered  gas  cars 
ssdd  they  wore  up  against  it  cn  the  question  of  roads  and  grades 

Undoubted  both  crews  kept  on  their  respective  ways,  the 
"Bailey"  going  over  through  Clairmont,  77.  H. ,  Newport,  up  past 
Sunapou  Luke  and.  made  her  night  stop  at  Plymouth  to  again  re¬ 

The  Detroit  at  this  time  was  plowing  through  heavy  sand 
from  Poland  Springs  enroute  to  Bretton  Woods  to  gain  which  aha 
had  the  climb  through  Crawford  Notch  and  over  porga  War*  Hill 
tho  Waterloo  of  many  a  big  car. 

Both  met  at  Mount  Washington  Hotel  Bratton  Woods,  a 
trifle  behind  the  regular  schedule,  but  duo  solely  to  delays 
in  charging.  As  one  must  realize,  on  this  maiden  trip  through 
these  parts  the  electro  being  practically  an  unknown  type, 
all  conveniences  were  not  at  hand  for  recharging. 


At  Bratton  Woods  it  was  decided  to  Tiros*  into  tha 
original  schedule  and  try  tho  climb  of  nil  climbs,  that  of 
up  the  wagon  road  to  the  numit  of  Mount  Washington. 

The-  earn  acre  therefore  taken  to  Jackson  the  nearest 
charging  point  to  "Thu  Mountain"  recharged  and  escorted  to 
Olen  the  buses  of  the  actual  climb  ,  duo  to  unavoidable  del uy  a 
and  heavy  weather  it  uao  necessary  to  spend  the  night  ut  the 
"Half  v/ay  House "  unci  continue  the  climb  next  morning. 

Imagine  the  unusual  sight  of  the  two  little  electrics 
uuch  with  its  i.  l/n  K,  P.  motor  pulling  their  ton  load  of  car 
ant'  cfeuippment  up  the  eight  miles  cf  It#  grads  with  hors  and 
there  spots  of  EO f>  me  over,  the  maxim  un  being  27$. 

Vmtsy  climbing  nix  the ubum!  foot  into  the  air,  the 
clouds,  bellowing  beneath  one  the  •-•ntire  time,  «vat  banks, 
like  ocean  breakers  continually  roiling  in  from  every  direction, 
the  effect  bus  wired  in  the  extreme. 

fo  much  interest  was  arrowed  at  Brotton  Woods  that 
Hr.  Anderson,  Manager  of  Mount  Washington  kept  in  touch  with 
the  fhasnit  by  'phone  and  posted  bulletins  for  hie  guests. 

The  rettu'n  through  tho  blinding  rain  and  v/ind  storm 
that  swept  the  mountain  and  made  the  rood  almost  undurable, 
will  be  a  trip  never  to  be  forgotten  by  the  drivers. 

Idle  questioners  remarked  "I  thought  you  said  the  cars 
would  go  over  a  hundred  miles  in  one  charge?  "Yes,  they  do" 


A  horse  can  rim  say  a  mile  in  two  minutes  on  the  fiat, 
hut  he  can't  snake  that  pho wing  on  a  mountain  side,  hi s  stored 
up  energy  in  not  sufficient.  Just  so  v.i th  the  battery,  the 
power  is  there  for  reasonable  use  hut  when  drawn  on  in  steady 
escoosu,  necessarily  cuts  down  the  sill  ago,  though  in  no  cay 
effecting  thr»  battery  itself. 

It  cocas  incredible  that  the  power  of  gtrraao,  coal 
oan  be  changed  to  an  invinable  force  capable  of  being  stared 
in  the  little  steal  cars  of  this  battery  to  bo  drawl  on  at  will. 

'flic  mountain  climb  being  concluded  the  curs  again  pre¬ 
cluded  on  their  says,  the  Bailey  for  Poland  r.pringe,  Portland,  V 
Portsmouth  TIewbury,  h  r  "birth-place",  Boston  and  finally 
back  to  17 ew  York  by  way  of  Worcester  Pprinrfleld  and  Hartford. 

Thu  Detroit  returned  to  Pro t ton  Rhode  recharged  and 
made  her  way  past  the  old  Han  of  the*  11  sun  tain,  thro  wh  the 
well  known  Franconia  ”otch,  to  Plymouth.  Prom  Plymouth  down 
past  nanapoc  to  Springfield,  VI.  over  the  mountains  to  Man¬ 
chester  thmi  Pittsfield,  tonox,  Great  Barrington,  Canaan 
T/atorbury  and  finally  Hew  York  City. 

Peru  cannot  describe  tho  beauties  of  this  thousand 
miles,  through  volleyi*  and  over  mountains  past  beautiful 
lakes  and  along  rivers,  the  fall  snap  in  the  sir  and  the 
ever  changing  foliage  to  attract  their  eye. 

Superintendents  and  Managers*  of  tho  Electric  tight 

Plants  placed  every  convenience  at  hand  at  tho  disposal  of 


the  erwwa  ami  in  hundredo  of  uayr.  showed  their  loyr«l  ty  to 
the  "Old  ton"  as  Mr.  Sdieon  io  affectionately  known  by  his 

The  trip  o«e  cun  safely  ray  is  a v roly  a  fori-.- runner 
of  creator  achievements  the  flectroaobilo  is  bound  to  stake. 

Hmv  Mr  si «ti>r  the  gacvflino  car  is;  always  more  or  leue 
noiuay  "cwelly"  and  &e  chu  gro wc  old r  inclined  to  show  a 
ffrtai  deal  of  vibration,  rot  so  with  the  little  Electric, 
no  ci’snkinR,  no  odor  or  neicc,  no  thrashing  of  a  rccipro eating 
enrino,  Merely  the  nt  study  votary  piai  of  her  little  Motor 
which,  Email  itft  it  ao-.ta8,  dots',  the  work  in  hand. 

This  trip  alone,  not  to  men  tier  m.Jty  others,  ^scu 
to  prove  that  the  ion?:  talked  of  helicon  Battery  is  no  longer 
a  myth  but  an  accomplished  fact,  not  to  he  scoffed  at  but 
to  be  regarded  with  wav  and  serious  in ter out. 

Commonwealth  Edison  Company, 

October  2 <5,  1910, 

Thoms  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

C/o  Edison’s  Laboratory, 
Orange ,  lf.j. 
lly  Dear  Edison: 

X  am  sending  you  herewith  in  this  same 
envelope  a  copy  of  the  "Edison  Round  Table"  a  little 
house  organ  issued  by  the  Commonwealth  Edison  Branch 
of  the  national  Electric  Light  Association.  I  have  been 
especially  asked  by  the  writer  of  the  ballad  on 
Bi -Polar  machines  to  draw  your  attention  to  page  98.  I 

think  it  will  recall  some  pleasant  memories  so  I  would 

advise  you  to  read  it.  Just  send  me  a  pencil  memorandum 
in  reply. 

Yours  sincerely 

P.S.  Gorton  happens  to  be  in  the  office  while  I  am 
dictating  this  and  he  sends  his  best  regards  to  you. 


The  Best  Electric  Car  in 
I  the  'World— Bar  None 

\yHY  do  we  import  our  axles  from  the  cele-- 
’  brated  Krupp  Gun  Foundry  of  Berlin?  Because 
sonic  of  the  worst  accidents  •  happen  froth  broken  axles 
and  we  don’t  propose  that  anything;  of  the  kind  shall 
happen  to  a  Woods  Electric.  Krupp  makes  the  finest 
steel  in  the  world.  In  an  ordinary  piece  of  steel,  such  as 
axles  arc  made  from  in  this  country, •constant  vibration 
crystallizes  the  axle  and  eventually  it  breaks.  Ours  don’t 
break.  Is  that  clear?  You  see  we  know  precisely  what 
we  are  doing.  We  are  taking  no  chances  on  any  detail 
of  this  car.  It’s  got  to  he  the  best  inside  and  out.  That 
minimizes  our  responsibilities. 

f  Why  do  we  use  Exide  batteries  ?  Because 
thus  far  they  have  proved  themselves  the  best  batteries  in 
the  world.  If  any  other  batteries  were  better,  we’d  use 
them.  Even  now,  some  of  you  want  Edison  batteries  and 
we  .furnish  them  where  asked.  But  it’s  only  to  please 
you — not  that  we  consider  Edison  batteries  as  good. 
When  they  have  hcen  proved' "to  be  as  good  as  Exide 
we’ll  use  as  many  of  them.  When  they  arc  proved  to  be 
better  we  will  abandon  the  Exide  entirely.  .  We  are  not 
tied,  arbitrarily  to  anybody  or  anything. Tradition  and 
precedent  are  worth  nothing-  in  our  estimation.  What 
we  want  is  the  best  of  everything,  and- idle  .sentiment  is 
not  going  to  change  our  ways. 

'v-’Wc  import  the  steel  from  which  our  springs  are 
made  from  Krupp.  That  explains,  their  durability  and 
resiliency.  And  you  know,  if  you  know  anything  at  all 
about  the  different  makes  of  electric  cars,  that  the  Woods 
rides  like  a  hannnock,  while  other  cars  bump  and  jolt  your 
liver  and  your  lights.  Think,  and  ask  questions.  Don’t 
buy  oh  mere  appearance — don’t  take  anything  for  granted. 

December  2nd,  1910 

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proved  by  yon,  are  being  run  in  the  liet  of  papers  piven  bnin™ 
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spf°i'al  advertisement  being  run  to  earn  this  rate 
have  asked  him  to  submit  it  to  you  for  approval. 

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lTot  to  be  given  away. 

Talking  pointa  to  be  studied,  by  salesmen  in  talking  Edison 
batteries  as  compared  with  lead.  These  criticisms  of  Edison 
batteries  were  sent  out  by  our  competitors.  Mr.  Edison  has  tried 
to  answer  them  honestly. 


I  have  your  favor  of  May  1st,  with  enclosed  advertisement  and 
note  that  you  are  a  little  bit  worried  in  recard  'to  the  Edison 
battery  and  the  advertising  of  the  Detroit  Electric.  The  Edison 
battery  is  not  worrying  us  at,  all  at  the  present  time  and  I  will 
endeavor  to  explain  why. 


Point  One—  On  the  enclosed  sheet  you  will  find  figures  showing  a 

comparison  between  a  standard  "JSxide"  battery  and  an  Edison  type 
A-G  battery  of  the  same  watt  hour  or  horse-power  rating.  These 
figures  were  obtained,  .ff-om  actual  test  and  arc  absolutely  reliable. " 
The  catalogue  rat id  capacity  of  the  aside  was  used  and  note  the 
increased  capacity  which  can  always  be  obtained  after  the  battery 
3  r.  been  in  service  a  month  or  two ,  while  the  actual  capacity  of 
tne  Edison  battery  and  not  its  rated  capacity  was  used,' this 
giving  it  the  advantage. 

Answer  to  Point  One  -  Th?re  are  several  false  statements  in  this 

first  paragraph ,  "the  Edison  gives  11610  watts  at  its  rated  ca¬ 
pacity  for  43  cells."  They  state  this  is  its  actual  capacity. 

The  actual  capacity  of  the  Edison  is  14706  watts. 


Point  Two  —  You  will  note  than  t.-te  space  required  is  practically 

ire  same  for  oi  ■  uer  i.attery,  but  that  the  Edison  battery  has  a 
decided  advantvg >  in  weight.  The  watt  hour  efficiency  is  the  ratio 
of  the  watt  boor  out— put  divided  by  .the  watt  hours  required  to 
charge,  and,  fli'-r.Tforu.  gives  the  ratio  of  your  customers  current 
bill  for  either  type  of  battery,  as  ho  has  to  pay  for  current  on 
ibe  watt  noi.v  basis.  You  will  note  a  decided  advantage  in  favor 
of  the  "Exltfe"  battery  in  toe  cost  of  current  for  chargeing. 

Answer  to  Point  Two  -  This  advantage  is  based  on  a  size  and  volt¬ 
age  of  a  battery  that  con'd  not  be  used  in  the  Anderson  carriage, 
and,  if  it,  could  be  use.',  would  nave  a  very  much  less  commercial 
efficiency  than  the  Edison,  because  of  the  current  required  to 
haul  the  extra  weight. 

Eor  the  same  powei 
same  available  power  t! 
an  a  considerable  port: 
battery  must  be  wasted 

the  Edison  takes  up  less  space.  Eor  the 
Edison  takes  up  vary  much  less  space, 
i  of  the  power  stored  up  in  a  Lead 
'  pull  its  extra  weight". 


Point  Rive  -  After  every  second  discharge,  the  Edison  battery  requires 
filling  with  absolutely  pure  water.  Hot  only  must  distilled  water 
be  used,  but  distilled  water  which  has  not  been  exposed  to  the  air. 

Answer  to  Point  Eive  -  The  Edison  battery  takes  more  water,  but  the 

reason  for  this  is,  that  it  :is  generally  overcharged  by  the  public, 
beoause  they  know  no  harm  is  done.  Whereas  the  Lead  battery  will  not 
stand  overcharging,  extensively,  hence  it  must  be  watched ,  that  it  is 
not  so  overcharged,  which  explains  why  they  use  less  water. 

The  recommending  of  tha  use  of  distilled  water  of  the  highest 
purity  by  the  Edison  Company  is  in  the  interest  of  the  public,  to 
insure  the  longest  possible  life.  An  Edison  battery  filled  with 
drinking  water  will  outlast  several  lead  batteries. 


Point  Six  -  The  alkaline  electrolyte  used  in  the  Edison  battery  is  much 
more  destructive  than  is  the  acid  electrolyte  used  in  the  Exile 

Answer  to  point  Six  -  It  is  notorious  that  the  Sulphuric  Acid  spray  from 
a  Lead  battery  attacks  the  iron  work  of  all  vehicles  very  seriously, 
and  that  has  been  a  great  complaint  from  'truck  owners.  The  parts  are 
not  attached  by  anything  from  an  Edison  mattery. 

Point  Seven  —  Edison  cells  are  hermetically  sealed  and  if  any  trouble 
develop,  the  battery  must  be  snipped  back  to  the  Edison  Company  for 

Answer  to  Point  Seven  -  This  a  great  advantage.  An  owner  of'  an 

electric,  finding  a  cell  odad,  (which  will  be  seldom)  can  leave  it 
in  without  any  loss  of  mileage,  as  the  battery  has  a  great  surplus 
capacity.  Send,  for  another  cell  nnd.  put  it  in  himself  without  any 
experiment,  and  return  the  old  cell  for  investigation.  If  this 
accurs  with  a  Lead  cell  he  will  have  to  send  for  an  expert,  spends 
some  time  in  cutting  out  washing,  or  fixing  the  cell  and  then  the 
man  receives  a  bill,  much  larger  than  in  the  case  of  the  Edison 

Point  Eight  --  A  complete  renewal  of  the  electrolyte  in  the  Edison 

battery  is  periodically  necessary  and  this  renewal  would  probably 
be  equal  to  the  cost  of  removing  the  sediment  from  an  "Exide" 

Answer  to  Point  Eight  -  Edison  electrolyte!  is  renewed  onoo  for  all  after 
period  of  run::  months  to  one  yea'',  whereas  the  electrolyte  of  a  Lead 
battery  has  to  bo  attended  to  continuously  by  exports  with  Hy¬ 
drometers  • 


P.oint  Kin':'  To  offset  its  Mg‘a  cos't  an.rl  increase  coot  for  charging 

current  due  to  its  ine f  t' ,  the:  i i  fe  of  the  Edison  battery'Vai  -t 
he  several  times  longer  than  that  erf  the  Lead  battery  to  "make  it  a 
commercial  competitor.  There.  x.s  nothing;  to  show  that  this  is  tbs' 
case,  even  if  the  battery  ir;  given  the  greatest  precaution)!.!  care 
necessary  to  keep  it  in  first  class'  condition. 

Answer  to  Point  Kino  -  There  is  no  comparison  possible  hern.  Th-  L-ad 
battery,  is  a  running  expanse,  whereas  the  Edison  battery  is-  an  'in¬ 
vestment  and  lasts  for  years.  Siftajjy  &  Co.  ,  of  New  York  are  pretty 
reliable  people.  They  have  had  Edison  batteries  of  the  experimental 
or  first  type,  which  Edison  himself  claimed  were  not  good  end  were 
sold  as  a  favor.  Yet  Tiffany  &  Co.,  have  bear,  running  these  old 
batteries  for  four  years  and  some  are  running  yet.  ASK  THEM, 

Point  Ten  -  This  comparison  being  based  upon  cells  of  standard  "Txide" 
type  is  even  more  favorable  to  'he  Edison  battery  than  it  would  be 
were  the  comparison  based  upon  cells  of  the  "Hycap"  type. 

Answer  o  Point  Ten  -  The  "Hycap"  type  is  an  absurdity.  If  it  was  better 
why  was  it  not  used  for  a  comparison? 

Point  Eleven  -To  sum  the  entire  matter  up  in  a  f-w  words,  the  public  has 
b— -n  educated  to  believe  that  anything  bearing  the  name  "Edison"  mus- 
r.eoensarily  be  absolutely  perfection,  while  as  a  matter  of  fact,  if  th 
Edison  battery  possesses  any  great  advantage  over  the  lead  plate 
battery,  these  advantages  have  not  yet  been  demonstrated  and  a  careful 
buyer  would  not  risk  his  money  in  an  experiment.  It  is  true  that 
increased  mileage  can  be  obtained  from  the  Edison  battery  which  weighs 
as  much  as  the  standard  lead  plate  battery,  occupies  seventy-five 
percent.  (75  %)  More  spac  -•  and  costs  over  three  times  as  much.  Th- 
cost  of  charging  this  battery  would  be  much  in  excess  of  the  cost  of 
charging  a  lead  plate  battery  and  the  mileage  now  obtainable  from  a 
lead  plate  battery  is  greatly  in  excess  of  any  ordinary  demand  for 
one  days  run  of  the  vehicle. 

Answer  to  Point,  Eleven  -  Edison  never  vet  gave  the  public  a  gold  brick 
or  permitted  crooked  talk  by  his  representatives,  and  he  is  getting 
too  old  to  change  his  methods  of  doing  business. 



Watt  hour  output  40  cells  -  11  M.  V.  Standard  43  o-lls 

at  5  hour  rate  ------  11600  11610 

Weight  - -  - -  1400  pounds  817  pounds 

Space  required  -  —  •  -  -  -  17800  ou.  in.  18000  ou.  in. 

Watt  hour  efficiency  -  72.5#  49. 5# f 

Wat"  hours  required 

to  charge  -  18800  26200 

Internal  resistance 

of  Battery  -  .07  ohms.  .129  ohms. 

Per  cent  in  loss  in 

Per  cent  in  loss  in 

voltage  due  to  internal  resistance 

at  five  hour  rate  - 

-  -  2.61# 


P-r  cent  in  loss  in 
voltage  due  to  internal 
resistance  at  2-1/2  times 
five  hour  rate - - 

-  -  6.53# 


Pirst  cost 



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In  the  early  flays  of  the  automobile,  tho  three 
available  sources  of  motive  power  -  gusolino,  ctoam  and 
olcotricity  -  started  on  practically  an  oven  footing,  ■ 
iiach  typo  had  its  own  ardent  advocates.  Even  in  raoec, 
hotli  road  end  track,  tho  three  classes  were  found  sido  by 
side,  at  least  at  tho  sido.  In  the  comparatively  fow 
years  of  development  the  gasolene  oar  has  leaped  forward 
at  such  an  astonishing  rate  of  progress  that  at  tho  pre¬ 
sent  time  its  manufacture  comprises  one  of  the  groat  in- 
diotries  of  the  world.  The  steam  oar  is  being  slowly  but 
surely  pressed  into  oblivion,  and  tho  electric  finds  it¬ 
self  today  occupying  two  small  fieldB  of  usefulness ,  first, 
as  a  commercial  truck,  and,  socond,  as  a  town  car,  suitable 
for  ladies  and  invalids  to  drive,  but  in  the  eyes  of  the 
public,  of  strictly  limited  utility.  Then  the  prosent 
erase  for  undue  and  dangerous  speeds  oomo  to  on  end  either 
by  killing  off  the  reckless  drivers,  or  by  the  euporior 
attraction  of  flying  machinos  to  produce  the  necessary 
excitement;  and  when  American  business  mon  will  have  the 


moral  courage  to  really  fine  out  what  a  largo  gas  car 
costs  them  to  run,  the  electric  automobile  will  corao 
into  its  own.  Hat i oriel  men  7/ill  soe  that  it  possossos 
ell  the  attributes  of  a  successful  family  oar,  one  that 
ccn  be  depended  upon  for  trips  of  a  hundred  miles  at 
moderate  speed,  requiring  no  hired  chauffeur  to  run, 
having  no  smells  nor  vibration,  noisclosr;  and  with  a 
minimum  wear  on  tires,  fifth  suah  a  car  a  man  may  spend 
a  sensible  end  pro  itr.blo  day  with  hie  family,  three  or 
four  hours  in  the  morning,  a  stdp  for  lunoh,  and  on 
equal  tlmo  in  the  afternoon  -  a  sufficiently  long  trip 
to  -’re tty  wo  11  tire  out  the  average  /meric an  woman. 

And  tho  owner,  instead  of  keeping  hie  eyes  gluoft  on  the 
road  and  reaching  home  in  a  condition  of  nervous  ex¬ 
haustion ,  may  bo  surprised  to  find  that  America;:  posgod- 
cos  the  finest  scenery  in  the  world,  and  that  his  norvos 
are  capable  of  a  roal  relaxation. 

To  convince  himself  that  tho  electric  can  bo 
effectively  usoa  as  a  family  oar,  Air.  Kdison  planned 
and  carried  into  execution  a  sories  of  one  day  trips 
co vo ring  tho  country  around  and  about  ilow  York  Oity. 
Attention  was  givon  to  making  thoso  trips  interesting. 
Tho  routes  erabraood  many  of  tho  suburban  towns  of  ilow 
Jorooy,  long  Island,  and  Staten  Island.  In  laying  out 
thoso  runs,  the  ordinary  good  automobile  routoc  were 

were  chosen  irrespective  of  grades;  the  idea  being 
to  cover  the  some  roads  that  would  naturally  ho  used  by 
any  other  typo  of  vehicle..  Each  trip  called  for  tho 
accomplishment  of  from  05  to  100  miles  to  bo  made  on  a 
single  oharge  of  the  battery.  In  every  case,  after  the 
return  ovor  tho  scheduled  route;  the  vehicle  was  run  to 
a  standstill  to  entirely  exhaust  tho  battery  and  deter¬ 
mine  the  excess  mileage  still  retained  in  the  oar,  there¬ 
by  indicating  tho  safe  margin  after  eaoh  trip.  A  garage 
was  selected  on  40th  Street  -  approximately  the  centre 
of  IIow  York  City  -  and  starts  and  finishes  wore  made  at 
this  point,  the  excess  mileago  being  run  off  on  Eifth 
Avenue,  Central  Park  V/ost  and  othor  nearby  thoroughfares, 
in  order  that,  as  tho  oars  approached  their  limit,  ad¬ 
verse  comment  might  be  aQoidod.  Chose  day  tours  were 
open  to  any  manufacturer  who  was  in  position  to  use  the 
Edison  battery.  She  S.  E.  Bailey  Company  of  Amesbury, 
Mass,  and  tho  Anderson  Carriage  Company  of  Detroit, 
ilioh. ,  wore  the  first  to  entor,  and  later  tho  Baker  Com¬ 

pany  of  ci?Y$iand  and  tho  Babcock  Company  of  Buffalo, 
eaoh  entered  a  oar  (Slide  ITo.  1  and  Slide  Uo.  2);  The~ 
battery  equipment  of  the  Bailey,  Baker  and  Detroit  oars 
is  40  oells,  each  of  the  Edison  A-6  type*  the  normal 
oharging  rato  of  which  is  46  amperes ,  at  76  volts  for 
7-1/2  hours.  Tho  Baboook  equipment  oonsistB  of  60 



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A-4  go Ho |  requiring  naturally  a  higher  charging  volt¬ 
age,  hut  showing  a  somewhat  better  watt  hour  efficiency, 
liaoh  car  oarriod  two  passengers,  a  driver  furnished  by 
the  manufacturer  and  an  observer,  one  of  the  Kdison 
laboratory  assistants  whoso  duty  it  was  to  note  end 
record  road  conditions,  grades  and  roadings  of  the  ado- 
meter,  volt-motor  and  amporo-metor.  She  cars  wero  weigh¬ 
ed  with  their  load,  showing  2357  pounds  for  the  Bailey 
and  2448  pounds  for  the  Detroit.  Tho  Baker  and  Babcock 
cars  were  onto rod  so  recently  that  tost  runs  have  not  as 
yet  boon  made  with  thorn,  but  both  of  their  manufacturers 
have  made  numerous  runs  that  havo  boen  highly  satisfac¬ 
tory.  Strict  oare  was  taken  that  the  pressure  in  tires 
should  remain  constant,  so  as  to  obtain  true  odometor 
roadings;  and  all  tire  troubles  wore  carefully  notod. 

In  order  that  you  may  exactly  appreciate  what 
those  runs  wero  that  wore  taken  by  the  Bailoy  and  Detroit 
cars,  I  will  have  thrown  on  the  scroon  maps  showing  a 
nurabor  of  tho  actual  trips.  Perhaps  somo  of  you  have 
boon  over  those  very  roads,  and  if  so,  you  will  appreciate 
the  remarkable  performances  that  wore  made  by  those  two 
oarB.  (Slide  Ho.  3)  ’  - 

She  first  rim  was  made  by  the  Detroit.  Starting 
from  Hew  York  at  7.28  a.m. ,  the  car  proceeded  to  South 
Perry  to  3t.  George,  Staten  Island,  thence  by  way  of  tho 
Richmond  Tumpiko  and  Old  Stone  Road  through  Sottonvillo, 


■back  over  the  Amboy  road  through  liiohmond  to  the  Klica- 
bethport  Perry.  Prom  illiaabothport  the  route  continued 
through  liaabeth,  thence  by  way  of  Ilorrio  Avonuo  to 
Union,  thence  by  Irvington  Avonue  to  Orange,  thonoo  through 
Bloomfield  to  Uaekensaok;  from  there  to  Port  loo  and  Un¬ 
dercliff,  acre oss  the  Perry  at  130th  Street,  down  Eivorsido 
Drive  to  the  starting  point  which  was  roaohed  at  5.02 
p.m.  Peking  out  the  time  for  lunch  and  delays  at  the 
three  ferries,  the  running  time  was  6  hours  and  58  minutos, 
tho  distance  being  84  miles,  giving  on  average  spood  of 
12.07  miles  per  hour.  Phis  is  certainly  a  fair  average 
when  wo  oonsidor  the  numerous  stretches  of  freshly  tarr- 
od  roads  that  v.rere  encountered  and  tho  fact  that  on  tho 
northern  portion  of  the  run,  towards  its  end,  the  grades 
were  quite  Btiff ,  often  as  high  as  9$.  Kxoesc  mileage 
being  run  off  in  Dew  York  showed  a  safety  surplus  of  18 
miles,  making  a  total  of  102  miles  for  tho  day  on  a  sin¬ 
gle  ohargo. 

(Slide  Do.  4)  - 

Phe  second  run,  the  map  of  whioh  is  shown  on 
the  soreen,  was  made  with  the  Bailoy  oar,  starting  from 
40th  Street  to  the  23d  Street  Perry,  thonoo  to  Jersey 
City.  Prom  there  tho  car  proceeded  across  the  moadowB, 
the  road  at  that  time  being  under  oonBtruotion  end  in 


taa  condition;  through  Hewark'  to  Montclair,  up  tho 
Valloy  Road  to  Great  Hotoh,  ovor  some  ozeoodingly  stiff 
grades  to  --ittlc  Falls,  along  tlio  fompton  fumpikc  to 
.Mountain  View  and  Porapton.  Shis,  an  any  one  who  has  been 
ovor  this  section  of  the  country  Jmows,  is  a  hoautiful 
run,  affording  occasional  views  of  tho  Baacaic  River 
winding  through  lt3  tunnel  of  ovor-hanging  treos.  She 
route  continued  to  Pompton  River  and  late  and  tho  quaint, 
now  almost  unusea,  Morris  Canal;  tlicnee  to  Butler  and 
return,  thenoe  with  some  stiff  grades  over  rreoknoos 
Mountain  to  Halodon,  through  Areola  to  Haokcnsaek  to 
Fort  Iso  and  Unaeroliff,  ferry  eoroso.  tho  Hudson,  and 
Riverside  Drive  to  the  starting  point.  2ho  total  mile¬ 
age  was  76  miles,  and  the  time,  omitting  otops,  was  6 
hows  and  6  minutes,  giving  an  avorage  spend  of  13.19 
miles  per  hour,  iixcoss  railoago  being  ran  off  in  Hew 
York,  showed  a  surplus  of  40  milos,  making  a  total  for 
tho  any  of  116  miles,  on  a  single  charge.  Some  parts 
of  this  particular  run  may  be  spoken  of  as  almost  mount¬ 
ainous  grades  of  10#  being  frequently  mot. 

I  shall  not  take  the  time  to  describe  in 
detail  the  other  runs  made  by  these  oars,  but  will  show 
some  of  tho  routes  on  the  soreon.  In  every  oase  you  will 
admit  that  the  results  would  seem  torindioato  that  the 
olectrio  oar  is  hy  no  moans  limited  to  town  use. 


311  ao  So.  5  -  122-1/4  miles,  12.00  per  hour 
-Ho.  6  -  139-1/ 2  Miles ,  13.71  per  hour 
7  -  113  Julies,  12*47  pc**  hour  < 

1 o  &©raonstrcte  tlie  dependability  and  rolia- 
bllity  of  a  single  battery  charge,  the  Detroit  driver 
v/as  facetiously  given  the  role  of  a  sick  woman  (his  narao 
■.7no  Darling)  under  the  doctor's  orders  to  spend  at  least 
an  hour  end  a  half  per  day  for  a  week  in  her  Blectrio 
in  Central  Dark,  hut  unfortunately  v/hose  oredlt  at  tho 
garage  was  low,  so  that  she  was  able  to  pay  for  only  a 
single  7-1/2  hours  charge  at  tho  normal  rate.  In  this 
test  no  water  was  given  the  batteries,  and  for  the 
cevon  days  tho  charging  socket  was  sealed,  for  seven 
successive  days  from  1-1/2  to  2  hours  each  day  tho  car 
v/aG  run  in  tho  Park,  and  showed  at  the  end  of  that  time 
an  odomoter  reading  of  120  miles  at  on  average  speed  of 
12,32  miles  per  hour.  She  cost  of  the  current  consumed 
was  51.42  or  21  cents  per  day  for  a  triflo  ovor  18 

Another  interesting  was  in  connection  with 
Port  Goorge  Hill,  the  ITooea  of  all  "hill  olimbors"  In 
and  around  Hew  York;  the  Bailey  oar  was  given  the  task 
of  finding  out  how  many  times  eho  couia  make  the  ascent. 


She  hill  is  8138  feat  in  length,  and,  ao cording  to  the 
Engineering  Department  of  Dew  York,  the  grado  is  11$, 
the  road  hod  being  a  fair  granite  blook.  She  car  was 
started  from  a  standstill  at  the  foot  of  the  grade  each 
time  ana  made  81  successive  trips  up  the  hill,  on  a 
single  charge  of  the  battery.  2 his  particular  performance 
means  a  climb  of  almost  one  mile  into  the  air  in  8  miles, 
to  say  nothing  of  coming  up  grade  for  9  miles  from  tho 
garage  to  roach  the  Hill.  Surely  a  very  commendable 
exploit  for  a  type  of  car,  that  a  misguided  public  be¬ 
lieves  is  limited  to  afternoon  calls,  shopping  trips  and 
tho  like.  It  was  next  thought  feasible  to  take  a  weeks 
tour,  representing  perhaps  the  maximum  loisurc  a  buoy 
man  might  bo  able  to  seouro  and  which  he  might  desire  to 
pass  in  a  ploasant,  profitable  and  economical  way.  Af¬ 
ter  a  little  correspondence  regarding  charging  stations 
in  Pennsylvania,  it  was  decided  to  circle  the  State  of 
Mow  Jersey,  making  night  charging  stopB  at  Asbuiy  Park, 
Atlantio  City,  Philadelphia,  Bethlehem,  Port  Jervis 
and  Hewburg.  She  roads  in  Dew  Jersey  wore  in  good  shape, 
but  those  in  Pennsylvania  were  bad,  and  the  grades  wore 
heavy  and  full  of  short  watorbreaks.  Tho  daily  runs  by 
tho  two  cars,  talcing  the  roaas  by  ana  large  as  they  came, 
varied  betwoon  a  minimum  of  54  miles,  to  a  maximum  of 


04  mile 8,  in  every  ease  on  a  single  chargo.  Ehe  total 
mileage  was  480.  Eho  success  oncountorod  on  this  par¬ 
ticular  trip  was  so  pronounced,  that  it  was  then  dociaca 
to  attempt  the  "Ideal  Sour"  of  approximately  1000  railos, 
a  route  familiar  to  many  automobilists.  Elio  Ideal  Eour 
takes  in  roads  along  tho  long  Island  Sound,  through 
the  Housatonic  Volloy  into  the  Borkshiros ,  into  Vermont, 
over  Peru  fountains  to  the  Connecticut  Valley,  into  llow 
Hampshire  pest  lake  Sunapoe,  thonoo  to  tho  iiaino  Coast, 

down  through  Boston  and  return  to  How  York. 

Slide  Ho.  8  - 

Slide  No.  9 

Ehe  Bailey  and  Detroit  cars,  with  their  orowB  of  two 
raon  eaoh,  equipped  with  baggage  and  nooessary  touring 
outfit  of  tools  and  tires,  left  llow  York  City  on  Satur¬ 
day,  September  17th  last,  and  arrived  at  Y/aterbury,  Conn, 
their  first  stopping  place,  the  same  night,  both  in 
good  form,  one  ear  having  token  tho  Hudson  River  route 
and  tho  other  along  tho  Sound. 

Slide  Ho.  10  -  Hap  of  Idoal  Eour.  - 

After  recharging  their  battories  at  Y/atorbury  on  Saturday 
night,  the  oars  partod,  the  Bailey  making  her  next  stop 
at  Elttsfield,  Uass.  ,  and  the  Detroit  proceeding  to 
Boston  by  way  of  Hartford,  Springfiold  ana  Y/oroestor. 


She  third  night  saw  the  Bailey  ear  at  Manchester,  Ver¬ 
mont,  whore  she  was  confronted  hy  one  of  the  extreme 
tests  of  the  trip  -  the  passage  over  Bora  Mountain 
with  its  rough  roads  and  heavy  grades,  Sho  owners  of 
large  gasolene  oars  laughed  at  tho  Bailey  crow,  when 
they  wore  told  what  was  to  ho  attempted,  saying  that  the 
feat  was  absolutely  impossible,  nevertheless,  the  oar 
•went  over  in  fine  shape  ana  readied  Springfield  the  next 
evening.  A  short  dolay  was  experienced  here  in  charging 
auo  to  lack  of  water  power  at  the  Contral  Station.  Mean¬ 
while  tho  Detroit  ear  was  spinning  along  the  Massachusetts 
end  Maine  coasts,  through  Portsmouth  and  Portland  on  to 
Poland  Springs,  arousing  great  interest  among  the  summer 
guests,  all  of  whom  questioned  the  feasibility  of  con¬ 
tinuing  tho  trip.  Undaunted,  both  crows  kept  on  their 
respective  ways,  tho  Bailoy  going  through  Claremont, 

Hew  Hampshire,  and  Hewport,  past  Sunapoe  Lake  end  making 
her  night  stop  at  Plymouth  and  again  recharge.  She  De¬ 
troit  at  this  time  was  plowing  through  heavy  sand  from 
Poland  Springs,  on  route  to  Brotton  Woods,  to  gain  which 
she  had  tho  climb  through  Crawford  Hotoh  and  over 
Sug-a-War  Hill  -  tho  Waterloo  of  many  a  big  oar.  Both 
oars  mot  at  Hotel  Brotton  Woods,  Mount  Washington,  a 
trifle  behind  the  regular  sohodulo,  duo  solely  to  delays 
in  charging,  for  it  must  be  realized,  that  on  this 
maiden  trip  through  tho  localities  whoro  olootrio  oars 


woro  practically  unknown,  some  of  the  charging  facili¬ 
ties  woro  dooidodly  orudo. 

At  Bratton  Woods  9  a  ploaaant  diversion  from 

tho  original  schedule  was  dooidod  upon,  no  less  than 
an  attempt  to  olimh  to  tho  summit  of  iiount  Washington 
hy  tho  wagon  road.  Tho  cars .  woro  therefore  driven  to 
Jackson,  the  nearest  charging  point,  and  thonoe  to 

Glen,  tho  base  of  the  actual  climb,  f Due  to  unavoidable 
delays  and  heavy  weather  it  wa3  nooossary  to  spond  the 
night  at  the  "Half  Way  House",  and  continue  tho  climb 
nest  morning1.  Imagine  tho  sight  of  tho  too  little 
oleotrics,  o'aoh  with  its  2-1/2  horse  power  motor,  pull¬ 
ing  its  ton  load  of  oar  ana  oquipmont  up  tho  right  miles 
of  14$  grade  with  hero  and  there  spots  of  20$  and  over, 
the  maximum  hoing  27$.  The  actual  summit  of  tho  moun¬ 
tain  was  not  reached,  owing  to  tho  prosonoe  of  sloet, 
hail  and  a  hoavy  galo,  which  made  it  impossible,  but 
tho  cars  woro  not  turned  back  until  thoy  had  ascended 
nearly  6,000  feet  end  were  within  one  milo  of  the  top, 

their  altitude)  then  being  so  great  that  the  olouds,  in 

great  banks,  were  billowing  beneath, lilre  ocean,  broalrore 
polled  -  in  from  every  direction^  Considering  tho  con¬ 
ditions  encountered,  it  is  safe  to  say,  that  no  oar, 
whatever  might  bo  its  horse  power,  could  have  roaohed 

12.  ,13,  i4,  ir  16 

tlvo  of  .'lou'.t  TtoDhington  at  that  tiiao.  .tlthough 
the  o&xo  did  not  roaoh  tho  Worth  Vole,  tholr  farthost 
Worth  was  a  noot  creditable  porfoxrasraoo.  Tho  return 
through  a  blinding  ruin  and  wind  atom  that  swept  tho 
Mountain  and  n&dr  the  road  earnest  uudiBoornlblo  woo  a 
tzlp  novor  to  ho  forgotten  by  the  Aslwrs.  J'roei  Srotton 
.-'ooda  the  two  od**s  oonllnned  over  the  proscribed  route 
without  aloh&p  daft  substantially  o»  eohofiulo.  Sho  Sailoy 
odonoto*  whov/cul  a  total  raiieago  of  1017.99  r&ioo,  th# 
actual  running  tiao  vmo  00  hows  end  351  alnuteo,  end  tho 
ovotugo  oped A  for  tho  entire  trip  was  11,77  radios  per 
hour,  She  itotrolt  nettle  a  total  of  1017,78  ratios  in 
09  hours  ami  26  Minutes,  with  m  average  speed  of  n.3S 
lailoe  per  /tour. 

"t  given  no  pleasure  at  this  tino  to  soy  that 
at  every  olootrio  light  plant  where  charging  vrao  clone, 
every  possible  conui  deration  was  extended  to  tho  crowo 
of  both  oars  and  ;.mny  courtouioo  were  oito\m,for  which 
wo  wish  to  extend  out  thanlco, 

fho  tripe,  which  have  boon  d-fsorlboft,  eonctltuto 
tho  worlc  that  hoe  boon  done  do  far  In  showing  to  tho 
public  that  the  olootrio  Id  a  oar  of  unnuaptiotod  utility 
and  of  groat  convenience.  Shoao  trips  wore  itihon  without 
tho  olightoat  hardship,  hut  on  tho  contrary  tho  young 
non  who  actually  aoMovod  tho  porfematioOD  enjoyed  tholr 
C'Hperionoecv  Sven  now,  a  ropotition  of  any  one  of  thorn 

eon  bo  safely  undortclcen  by  any  properly  equipped 

clootrlo  car,  but  in  the  future ,  no  doubt  the  oyportuai- 
tioo  for  ohx»6in0  will  be  improved.  .Mlc  to  many 
thoeo  yor  oimnooa  of  clootrio-  uutonoMloo  uay  be  in  the 
nature  of  a  revelation ,  further  tripe  era  in  contempla¬ 
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1910.  Cement  (D-1 0-1 3) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  to  the  manufacture  and  sale 
of  cement.  Included  are  letters  concerning  competitive  bids,  litigation,  and 
efforts  to  cooperate  with  other  cement  manufacturers  in  controlling  prices  and 
supply.  There  are  also  items  regarding  negotiations  with  John  W.  Moyes  to 
manufacture  cement  in  Canada  and  a  letter  announcing  the  death  of  the 
company's  president,  Robert  H.  Thompson.  Among  the  correspondents  are 
Walter  S.  Mallory,  vice  president  (later  president)  of  the  Edison  Portland 
Cement  Co.;  Frank  L.  Dyer,  general  counsel;  and  E.  Meyer,  manager  of  sales. 

Approximately  60  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  meeting  announcements;  letters  of  introduction, 
transmittal,  and  acknowledgment;  and  documents  that  duplicate  information  in 
selected  material. 

Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-1 0-09  (Battery,  Storage  -  Foreign  - 
Moyes,  John  W.). 

TKe  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co. 

Telegraph,  Freight  and  Passenger  Station,  NEW  VILLAGE,  N.  J. 

p.  o.  address.  STEWARTSVILLE,  N.  J. 

Mr.  Prank  L.  Dyer, , 

Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  II.  J. 
Dear  Mr.  Dyer:- 

January  3,  1910. 

m 3r 

Paragraph  3,  Schedule  "A",  of  the  Agreement 

between  the  North  American  Portland  Cement  Co.  and  the  various 
Licensees,  reads  in  part  as  follows 

"But  the  failure  of  any  Licensee  to 
institute  suit*  or  to  collect  at  the  end  of  thirty 
days  or  to  collect  interest,  shall  not  render  the 
Licensee  liable  for  damages  provided  for  breach 
of  the  accompanying  agreement ,  provided  the  sale 
has  been  made  by  the  Licensee  in  good  faith  on 
terms  no  more  favorable  than  those  herein  pre¬ 
scribed  and  the  Licensee  haB  made  due  commercial 
efforts  to  enforce  such  terms." 

It  is  proposed  to  change  this  and  substitute 

the  following: 

"Interest  at  the  rate  of  6%  shall 
be  charged  on  all  accounts  running  beyond  the  due 
date.  If  notes  are  taken  for  an  account  after 
the  due  date  period,  all  such  notes  shall  bear 
interest  at  the  rate  of  per  annum" . 

ThiB  matter  will  come  up  for  voting  at  tte 
next  meeting  of  the  Licensor.  I  am  under  the  impression 
that  interest  cannot  be  legally  enforced  on  an  open  account . 
I  do  not  know,  however,  where  I  obtained  this  impression. 

Will  you  kindly  advise  me  in  the  matter,  as 

we  certainly  do  not  want  to  add  to  our  License  Agreement  a 
clause  which  is  illegal.  Our  usual  termB  are  30  days  net, 
or  lit  per  barrel  for  cash  in  10  days. 

Yours  very  truly, 


P?.A:xl*~v  c( 

Jan.  11, 


Y/altor  S3 .  Mallory,  J3sq., 

Stowartsville,  II.  j; 

My  dear  Mr.  Mallory: 

Your  favor  of  the  3rd  inst.  has 
boon  roooived .  I  find  that  although  thore  aro  con¬ 
flicting  doololons,  tho  vroitfit  of  authority  Is  to  the 
offoot  that  whore  goods  aro  sold,  tho  bill  to  bo  paid 
at  tho  expiration  of  a  given  time,  as  for  instance  30 
days,  tho  seller  is  entitled  to  intorost  upon  tho  account 
from  tho  date  when  tho  paymont  is  duo. 

I  soe  no  reason  why  tho  proposed 
change  should  not  bo  entirely  legal,  and  it  rests  en¬ 
tirely  with  you  of  couroo  to  dooide  whether  or  not  you 
would  care  to  accept  it  as  a  question  of  policy. 

Yours  very  truly. 

General  Counsel. 

FU) /Mi 

Ur.  ShO! Graf, 

Ifsticn.-.l  jiono;;r  ■  Co.,  •_ cl .  , 

V.’illosdcn  function,  ">onuon. 

:.:y  do; IV  ;:v.  Gref: 

Ac  you  probably  3;nov,  '••• 
number  of  rnito  important  invent!  one  re  la-, 
ana  has  obtained  several  ferr-i.-m  t-nt-- 

3:iXn.  I  bor;  to  hand  you  horowith  Hat  of  those 

onto.  I  Xr-o  com!  ycu  the  boor! c.-n  rut ant/  v-"-lc 
a  vcv-r  clear  iilo::  of  v/h.-vfc  the  invention  is. 

■i  nufucturo 

i'hic  kiln  has  ooon  need  with  vory  Croat  in  this 
country  and  effects  very  essential  ooonoaioo  in  coal  consumption. 
Almost  all  of  the  largo  producers  of  "ortland  Coaiont  in  the 
Unitod  States  arc  uniag  the  Edison  kiln  and  many  of  them  nrc  ■ 
paying  royalties  to  ;,ir.  Edison. 

Pron  time  to  time  the  ouostion  has  conic  up  of  paying 
addition:!  yearly  taxes  on  those  patents  or  going  to  oxponso  in 
rcforcnco  to  working  them,  and  hr.  Edison  has  often  said  to  no 
that  ho  would  like  if  possible  to  got  rid  of  those  patents  at 
almost  any  figure.  I  suggested  that  possibly  you  might  take  up 
t3an  matter  in  a  personal  way  and  soc  if  anything  could  be  dono 
towards  soiling  the  patonts,  and  ho  thinks  it  would  bo  a  good 

'i'honas  Graf. 



OOhdUft.  f  course  he  would  n  y  you  r.  liberal  comic  a  ion  of 
cay  15  or  20$j  if  you  cuoooodod  in  sol  i»g.  thorn,  but  ho  would  7u5C* 
v.’ioh  to  have  you  fin  lly  dispose  of  than  until  he  has  h  cl  tho 
opportunity  of  considering  tho  offer.  .!  know  hov  lie  fool:;  about 
tho  patents,  however,  and  I  bolievo  ho  would  accept  inost  any 
kind  of  an  offer.  I  roalioo  tlu-t  tii»  oondifcionc  in  furopo  ro 
not  th<  car  :n  as  in  trie,  country  hoc  uoo  tm  re  you  havo  cheap  l-hor 
and  c::ponr;ive  oc.-.l  -ce  the  nethods  of  burning  cement  ere  or.itc 
different  frors  those  in  vogue  in  tho  united  :;t-  toe.  1  iah, 
nowover,  mar  you  •/ou.i.G  loch  into  tho  r:  C:'!;or  "m;  v:  ?.:o  an  uiricc  ml  see  if  you  can  do  "vr-i mug  toward.:  getting  nice  of  tho 

hot  yo  art ion!  rly  yarn  you  of  the  cl  ng of  tho  patents 
gottlng  into  the  hands  of  nor  rho  would  airply  in.-.hi.  use  of  hr. 

'hi;  aon1 :  ram:  to  ormleit  th  -  m-pany.  ;<  f  the  p.  t  anta  are  cold  shoula  h  .  turn.  ever  to  cone  bona  fide  purchncor  rho  intondo 
to  do  a  cue  thi;  in  v;ith  the:;,  ingon  d  f  at;  unu  not  to  :  one.  speculator 
who  ooliovoc  th.t  having  acouiroO.  the  patents  of  hr.  .'Mi:: on  he 
night  bo  bio  to  coll  stock  to  unsuspecting  people.  In  othor 
words,  i  regard  the  opportunity  us  not  being  particularly  bright 
so  far  s  disposing  of  the  pat-nto  to  the  nigh t  hind  cf  a  pur¬ 
chaser  arc  concerned,  although  I  do  not  think  you  would  have  any 

difficulty  in  turning  then  over  to  cono  gambler  who  night  bo  very 
glad  of  tho  opportunity  to  n  ko  a.  lot  of  nonoy  for  a  very  little 
investment ,  and  I  rant  to  v;am  you  particularly  to  fight  shy  of 
those  pcoplo. 

let  no  have  your  views  of  tho  natter,  end  do  not,  of 
course,  take  any  dofinito  ana  final  stops  until  you  : dvico  us 

fully  00n00Tnin“  tllc  saino'  Yours  very  truly,  Con .  Counsol . 


Mr.  Dyer: 

■Dec.  13,  1909 

I  hand  you  herewith  a  list  of  long  kiln  patents, 
which  you  may  wish  to  take  up  with  Mr.  Graf: 

Greatpolioai87  C°lnplete  ICiln>  Ho*  3.4*404,  Jan.  20,  1903, 

v  Germany,  Ho.  163,828  Jan.  30,  1903,  Polio  220  and  No. 

^?>  19°5>  Polio  '360  (Division  of  Polio 
i7'.  Covers  the  cast  iron  sections  of  the  kiln. 
The  original  application  was  finally  rejected. 

Prance^Complete  ICiln,  No.  328,917,  Jan.  2o,  1905,  Polio 

v  Austria, ^Complete  Kiln,  No.  22,264,  Jan.  1,  1905,  Polio 
*  Belgium,,  Complete  Kiln,  No.  168,349,  Jan.  29,  1903,  Polio 
'■-Spain,  Complete  Kiln,  No.  31,110,  June  1,  1903,  Polio 

"  Nonray^Complete  Kiln,  No.  15,378,  Jan.  29,  1903,  Polio 

Sweden  No. 20,752,  Jan.  29,  1903,  Polio  190,  No.  19,084 
15°5,  Polio  237,  and  No.  19,551,  April  27, 
1905,  Polio  239,  Long  Kiln  and  divisional  patents 

Shall  I  obtain  copies  of  the  above  patents  so  that 
you  may  send  them  to  Mr.  Graf,  or  v/ill  you  request  Mr.  Graf  to 
procure  them? 


Lewi s . 


I  hand  you  horowith  original  quotations  for  Portland 
>  the  Edison  iicnufacturing  Co.  caul  the  national 
■ono graph  Co.  for  1!5,000  barrels  each  "as  requested  during 
e  life  of  job",  together  with  letter  from  the  Edison  Port- 
.nd  Cement  Co.  with  Edison’s  memorandum  thereon,  sug-  * 
Sizing  that  these  quotations  should  ho  accepted. 


/  V' 

/ '  V 

/  Vi  ■ 

TRe  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co. 

Telegraph,  Freight  and  Passenger  Station.  NEW  VILLAGE,  N. 

o.  address.  STEWARTSVILLE,  N.  J. 

'•aoon,  "iohordooR,  Von.oulc,  pnrhart ' and  nyoolf,  nml  our  cooo 
v.Tio  rone  over  and  oonrsj At,; d  and  "v.  "charter  diooovered  fiat 
tho  v/ronc  for::  hnd  boon  used  by  donator  Rolhnrclt ,  who  in 
■'tout  *  a  lawyer,  in  preparinr  Me  declaration.  An  you  know, 
the  property  io  owned  by  ft  out ’  n  wife  an.’  that  ftout  rur.a 
the  buoinotio  in  hiri  ovm  nauo,  buying  end  eel  lire  poodo  in  hie 
own  roue,  bavirir  letter,  hando  and  hill  Hondo,  and  koonlnp  hid 
eanl:  account  in  hits  own  nano. 

-ho  hill  of  complaint  cot  up  that  there  vrao 
Great  loco  to  the  buoineoo  of  the  plaintiff,  Pro.  ftout, 
duo  to  our  diveroion  of  water.  '  r.  iToOnrter  und  .Tiulpo 
arrow  both  acreod  that  they  would  probably  be  nblo  to  tie 
uebhnrdt  up  to  ouch  an  extant  in  takinr;  hie  totitii:ionv  that 
they  oould  an oil  hi a  oaeo.  bcoterday  norninr,  shortly  after 
the  court  was  opened,  hr.  WcOartor  no rune  thio  point, ‘and 
the  ’udGo  decided  in  hiu  favor,  then,  inntend  of  Oebhnrdt 
doinr;  ao  wo  all  had  auppoeod  ho  would  do,  ntate  that  he 
would  be  unable  to  po  on  ar.d  develop  hie  cane  with  practically 
all  hie  inport  ant  tootir.ony  cut  out.,  ho  called  bin  throo 
principal  witnoOOon,  'rc.  .".tout,  John  'tout,  and  tho  niller 
who  for  nix  yearn  onoratod  the  Mill,  giving  ?:r.  hoCartor  an 
opportunity  to  crooe  c:cn-iinc  thon  and  practically  dinclono 
thoir  whole  caoo.  then,  after  'charter  had  obtained  dodo 
very  danncinc  ntnteironta  from  r.tout  ao  to  bio  aide  of  the 
caoo,  cobkurdt  Doomed  to  wnko  up  and  realise  what  a  nintake 
ho  woo  nahinc,  and  aoked  poroi colon  to  anew!  hio  declaration. 

1 '.charter  thon  oaid  wo  had  no  objection  to  the  nnonduont 
except  tnat  wo  raunt  be  Given  the  ncceo'.inry  tine  to  prepare 
our  once  under  tho  new  conditiona,  otatinr  that  wo  had* 

'  \ 


Q.  &d'iMcrn^ 

lc  Til .  G/l.U 

MW  February  17th,  1910, 


Dyer  Esq.,  President, 

National  Phonograph  Co., 

0  P.  A  N  g'e.,  n.j.  ,  N.S.A. 

Dear  Mr.  Dyer , 

I  received  your  favour  of  4th  inst.  with  reference 
to  and  enclosing  patents  relating  to  cement,  manufacture.  I 
have  carefully  noted  contents  of  your  letter,  and  have  been 
able  to-day  to  get  into  communication  with  the  most  important 
constructor  of  cement  manufacturing  plants  in  Germany ,  so  that 
I  will  soon  be  able  to  form  an  opinion  about  the  possibilities 
of  a  sale  of  these  patents  as  far  as  Germany  is  concerned. 

Owing  to  the  other  business  I  have  to  attend  to,  1 
am  not  able,  Just  at  this  moment,  to  deal  at  once  with  the 
English,  French  and  other  situations,  but  this  I  will  do  as 
soon  as  mv  time  permits,  and  I  will  let  you  know  the  results. 
It  is  of  course  understood  that  the  final  settlement  should  be 
effected  from  Orange. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Managing  Director. 


Hot.  10,  1909. 

Wells  Ear  go  Company, 

51  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City. 


The  National  Phonograph  Co.,  Edison  Manufacturing  Co. 
and  Edison  Phonograph  Works  receive  and  ship  large  quantities' of 
goods  through  the  Wells  Ear go  Company  and  are  somewhat  affiliated 
with  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company  by  reason  of  Ur.  Edison's 
connection  with  all  of  these  concerns.  All  of  our  buildings  at 
Orange  are  constructed  of  Edison  Portland  Cement,  which  is  of  the 
highest  character,  and  it  has  been  satisfactory  in  every  respect. 

I  am  informed  that  the  Wells  Eargo  Company  recently  gave  out 
a  contract  for  a  large  stable  at  Jersey  City,  in  which  Vulcanite 
Cement  V7as  specified,  thereby  preventing  the  Edison  Portland  Cement 
Company  from  having  an  opportunity  to  make  a  sale.  If  it  is 

possible  for  the  Edison  cement  to  be  used  in  any  of  your  work  I 
am  sure  that  you  will  find  it  very  satisfactory. 

Yours  very  truly, 




Wells  Fargo  &  Company 

51  Broadway,  New "ybrntDecember  7th, 1909 


Mr.  Prank  L.  Dyer, 

President,  national  Phonograph  Company, 

Orange,  N.J. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  November  10th  was  promptly  referred  to 
our  Architect,  and  X  am  very  sorry  indeed  to  learn  that  the  contractor 
had  already  placed  his  order  with  the  Vulcanite  Company  for  the 
necessary  cement  in  connection  with  the  foundation  work.  Our 
Architect,  will,  however,  indicate  that  the  use  of  the  Edison 
cement  will  be  perfectly  agreeable  to  us  in  case  any  is  used  in 
other  parts  of  the  work.  I  am  very  sorry  that  it  was  not 

brought  to  my  attention  earlier  that  your  concern  was  interested 
in  cement.  I  hope  we  may  be  able  to  use  it  later  in  other 

x  EJC 
x  file 

Vuhterdny  I  wan  in  Low  ork  in  conn option 
with  the  conference  v/e  arc  having  with  nil  the  Trunk  line 
railroad!?  relative  ton  general  readjustment  of  the  freight 
situation,  the  idea  being  to  have  the  railroads  understand 
the  fact  that  the  conont  industry  in  the  Lehigh  Valley  is 
hfririf;  threatened  hy  the  competition  of  the  Kills  in  the 
newer  cement  districts  and  that  the'  railroads  must  commence 
to  realise  the  fact  that  if  they  arc  to  keep  the  in  arid  out 
business  in  connection  with  the  cement  industry,  which 
amounts  to  about  10,C00,C00  tons  of  freight  per  year,  that 
they  must  put  uti  on  the  same  basis  no  is  given  our  outside 
competitors  and  also  put  us  in  aa  advantageous  position  as 
they  do  the  pig  iron  industry  in  our  own  section.  Y'o 
showed  thorn  that,  talcing  tho  Lehigh  Valley  district  bb  a 
center,  and  the  freight  rates  on  conont  aovering  a  radius 
of  250  miles,  ranges  from  35;1  to  6C;:,'  higher  than  the  rate 
per  ton  mile  from  Chicago,  ft.  Louis,  Michigan  and 

Pittsburg  districts. 

:v  also  y'  o  Kul  then  that  the  rnto  on  oool  and 
limestone  to  a  orient  -limits  in  the  ]  olii(jh  Valley  <;  Jet  riot  aro 
hirher  thnn  to  the  til  oof  furnaces  in  tho  anno  district.  '.'o 
had  n  vaxy  inti  restim;  Mooting  and  tho  ronult  vain  that  a 
e  octal tt i.‘o  of  five  from  tho  cement  i  ahvi^-'otur  ru  wars  nripointod 
to  noot  -ith  a  oinilor  connittoo  fron  the  Trunk  *ino  Anaoci- 
ation  to  ttiroah  the  not  tor  out  and  to  r.mko  rocwinonctntior.o 
to  the  two  1  error  oonriittoon  who  represented  tho  roil  rondo 
and  tho  oenont  manufacturers .  This,  of  oourno,  i0  only  tho 
starting  of  thio  wort:  and  it  will  probably  tnho  ncir.y  months 
to  accomplish  t)ia  roaulta  v/hi  oh  v;o  hope  to  cot. 

Cur  r  on  it  ion  yesterday  was  that  wo  wl  oh  our 
rail roads  to  put  us  on  an  equal  with  our  competitors  of  other 
districts,  nnd  th.nt  w 0  did  not  object  particularly  ns  to  bow 
they  did  it,  that  in,  doorcase  our  rates  or  increase  the 
rates  of  the  other  pooplo.  In  fact,  we  went  so  far  os  to 
otatc  that  in  view  of  tho  General  increase  in  nil  lines  of 
froiRht  rates,  that  wo  would  not  object  to  n  General  increase 
in  freiebt  rates,  provided  all  the  other  sonant  districts, 
as  well  as  tho  blast  furnace  interests,  roooivo  ouch-  advances 
as  would  put  us  on  tbe  anne  basis. 

I  will  keep  you  informed  fron  time  to  time  as 
to  the  proGroso  -of  this  work. 

Yours  very  truly, 

■  TThB 

Wells  Fargo  &  Company  C^v  -  n 


51  Broadway,  Nkw  York.  May  19,  1910 

Mr.  Prank  L.  Dyer, 

President,  National  Phonograph  Company, 

Orange,  N. J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Referring  to  your  favor  of  the  3rd  instant,  with  regard 
to  the  purchase  of  cement  for  use  in  the  building  now  being 
erected  in  Jersey  City,  -  would  say  that  I  am  advised  by  con¬ 
tractors  that  orders  have  been  issued  to  specify  your  cement  in 
making  the  next  purchase ,  and  which  I  think  will  be  for  quite  a 
large  portion  of"  the  work.  Por  your  information  would  say 

that  the  question  of  using  your  cement  was  not  overlooked  in 
the  preparation  of  the  specifications ,  but  am  informed  that  the 
actiion  of  your  competitor  in  being  the  first  on  the  ground  re¬ 
sulted  in  his  securing  the  order  for  the  cement  used  in  the 
first  stages  of  the  work. 

Trusting  this  will  be  satisfactory,  1  remain^ 


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THe  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co. 

graph,  Freight  and  Passenger  Station,  NEW  VILLAGE,  N.  J.  p«„  Arcade^jsu 

\  .^o.  address.  STEW ARTSVILLE,  N.  J.  HH'I. 

‘  J- 

.  ny  2.”),  1915.,., 

■  Thomas  A.  .  dinon, 
Granger ,  u.  J. 

Mr.  FRANK  L.  DYER. 

gf  :  :>4 

Dear  Mr.  lidison:- 

thvinp  to  our  beinp  unable;  to  pet  n  quorum 
ami  also  on  nocount  of  the  director  o'  Meeting  which  wan  held 
on  May  ICtli,  the  uaunl  monthly  hirectoro'  eotin;  will  not 
bo  held . 

On  .Vri day  lnct  we  a  (Ivanna  cl  p risen  coverir.p  tho 
entire  Territory  "A" 5/ per  barrel  above  tho  schedule  adopted 
by  the  North  tacri can  Portland  Cement  Co.,  the  Vulcanite  Co. 
hnvinfc  taken  the  same  action.  V.’o  are  sendinp  out  quotationn 
good  for  acceptance  for  five  days,  and  for  uhipmerit  not  to 
exceed  thirty  days.  Y/n  have  also  limited  tho  Kanapors  of  our 
local  offices  in  mnkinp  quotationn  to  1 ,CCO  barrels.  Any 
inquiries  in  excess  of  thin  amount  must  first  Tie  referred  to 
Mr.  Meyer,  ami  in  this  way  v/e  hope  to  he  in  shape  to  take 
advantage  of  any  condition  which  may  come  alone. 

An  already  adviced  you,  the  Atlas  Co.,  some 
days  since  increaood  prices  in  Mow  Knpland  5 ^  a  barrel,  end 
I  understand  that  they  have  now  pi  von  notice  that  they  will 
increase  the  snr/ie  amount  per  barrel  in  the  Maryland  and 
•le  lawn  re  district,  tnhinp  effect  Mny  rsrd . 

Y  hi  s  mo  mi  nr.  I  saw  Mr.  tin  rat  ell,  of  the  Alpha, 
and  tried  to  pet  him  to  join  with  tho  Vulcanite  and  ourselves 
anrl  make  a  perioral  increase  of  over  the  entire  "A"  Territory 
but  he  said  while  he  would  like  very  much  to  pet  n  l'iphor 
price,  could  riot  do  no  unloon  the  Atlas  end  T.oMph  both 
advanced . 

Yours  very  truly, 


June  1st.  1910. 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

V/.  S.  Mallory  V.  "P.  , |||N  o_  , 

Stewartsville  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Marshall  of  Marshall  Spenoer  Co.;  our  dealers  at 
Jacksonville  Fla.,  has  hcon  here  with  Balmer.  They  leave  tonight 

Marshall  is  up  against  it;  has  only  the  one  cargo  we 
sold  him  at  $1.00.  He  needs  25,000  barrels  and  put  it  up  pretty 
hard  to  me.  We  sent  him  to  Atlas,  Phoenix  and  Hazareth.  Atlas 
made  him  a  price  $1.00  for  cargo  (this  to  get  him  from  us).  Phoenix 
quoted  $1.10  and  Hazareth  95/  duck  mill.  He  offered  them  90/ 
and  they  are  to  advise  him  Friday. 

How  why  cant  we  huy  a  cargo  of  5000  barrels  at  90  or 

95/  from  Hazareth.  We  can  use  it  at  savannah,  where  we  need  cement 

Balmer  iB  afraid  to  sell  the  little  he  has.  It  wont  hurt  us  in 
the  south,  and  we  nan  handle  it  OK  and  make  10  to  20/  profit  and 
save  our  cement.  Balmer  says  it  is  not  so  much  quality  as  our 
methods  of  doing  business  that  counts-  quiok  deliveries-prompt 
attention  and  all  around  fair  treatment. 

Hazareth  must  be  on  the  brink  of  receivership;  but  we  oan 

use  the  bags  in  southern  trade  and  even  here  in  Hew  York,  on  special 

work,  in  such  an  event,  by  tdrndmg  them  out. 

By  buying  up  this  cheap  cement  we  can  out  out  such  fellows 
as  Ford  and  VanSmith  and  hotter  control  the  southern  situation.  We 
have  the  organization  and  the  facilities  for  knowing  the  market 
long  before  the  other  fellows.  Why  not  turn  it  into  money? 

I  am  sending  copy  of  theis  to  Mr.  EdiBon  so  he  will  be 
able  to  digest  it  before  you  call  him  up. 

Balmer  intends  selling  coal.  Why  not  make  the  Southern 
office  a  sort  of  distributor;  just  like  the  Carolina  Portland  Cement  Co 
or  VanSmith  at  Charleston.  We  are  at  both  ends  and  oan  do  it 
better  than  either  of  them.  He  can  also  get  a  good  brick  and 
lime  account.  Balmer  has  assured  me  that  he  oan  ruin  the  Southern 
office  free  of  expense  to  this  company. 

Yours  very  truly 

Manager  of  SaleB 

TKe  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co. 

“3,K>AMD  Telegraph,  Freight  and  Passenger  Station,  NEW  VILLAGE,  N.  J.  1 

P.  o  address.  STEWARTSVILLE,  N.  J.  SS^E:  ! 

.Tune  6,  1910. 


ligr.  of  Bales, 

Hew. York,  H.  Y. 

Dear  Sir:- 


1  have  just  received  the  distribution  of 
Territoiy  "A"  and  "B"  Bales  for  the  month  of  Hay,  and 
find  them  to  be  ns  follows i- 


Distributors  -  10£) 

Dealers  -  47^ 

Consumers  -  19# 

Before  1A3/09  2# 

Total  -  78# 

TERRITORY  "B«  PRICES:-  -  -  -  -22# 

This  is  a  little  disappointing  to  me,  as  I 
had  expected  to  see  a  larger  increase  in  Territory  "A" 
prices  than  2 %  over  April. 

You  understand  that  in  Territory  "B"  prices 
we  have  been  putting  the  low  price  cement  to  Maryland  and 
District  of  Columbia,  and  also  the  Western  part  of  New 
York  State.  I  have  instructed  our  people  from  .Tune  1st 
to  put  the  Maryland  and  District  of  Columbia  in  Territory 
"A"  prices,  on  account  of  the  advance  of  10rf  per  barreJL'r 
The  average  selling  price  for  May  was  67.7s/ 


but  from  this  will  have  to  be  deducted  the  dealers' 
rebates  for  shipments  in  April,  making  the  net  about 
64.2sf.  Of  course,  this  average  is  lower  because  the 
month  of  May  has  to  carry  its  own  dealers  rebates 
plus  those  of  April,  but  hereafter  each  month,  of  course, 
will  stand  by  itself  so  fRr  as  it  relates  to  the  dealers' 
discount . 

You  understand  that  previous  to  the  first 
of  Kay  the  dealers  were  billed  at  the  same  price  as  the 
consumers,  and  than  wore  allowed  a  discount  of  5$/  per 
barrel  as  soon  as  they  have  made  a  report  to  us.  This, 
however,  was  changed  on  the  first  of  May  and  now  the 
dealers  are  billed  at  a  price  which  is  5d  less  than  the 
price  to  the  consumer  and  no  rebate  is  allowed. 

You  will  note  from  the  above  average  price 
that  it  is  absolutely  essential  that  the  Company  sell  the 
laziest  amount  of  cement  possible  at  Territory  "A"  prices, 
btft  I  hope  that  our  June  sales  will  show  a  larger  amount 
at  Territory  ''A1'  prices  and  a  much  smaller  amount  at  the 
Territory  "B"  prices. 

Yours  very  truly, 

V.  p. 

rfk.  4  U  • 



honors.  d.  I,.  .Bernard, 

J.  v,'n’TOiaan, 

,  5.  (Jhurohill , 

Dow  S3  re¬ 
confirming  convorrmtion  otfer  tho  ’phono,  v/e  find  th>  .  the. 
other  Sonjw.nic  are  not  firm  in  their  advance  «vnfl  that  pr 
nil  o.f  oia*  demXcru  nan  buy  alnont  any  brand  »A  tlw*  old  pricou. 

An  wo  do  not  wish  to  accumulate  too  largo  mi  oaounl;  of 
cement,  and  are  fitJH  under  the  opinion  that  Inter  privet;  will  ho 
firm  at  advanco,  wo  will  allow  you  to  tuko  owo  or  yow  da  fa-rfii 
for  wrowpt  oh  ipneut  at  1  ho  old  priooti  whom  the  freight  r  to  'tet 
not  ..rovont  \ut  Sr  on  netting  tl.lfi  por  bbl.  including  the  <!<  h  r'r 
ooosnias ion,  or  Cl *10  por  bbl.  not.  ?his,  of  couroo,  in  only  for 
cor load  lote  and  for  prompt  shipment  and  you  nrn  not  to  nand  out 
coot. "lions;  generally*  t'o  wmt  you  to  bo  in  n  position  to  ehut  off 
nil  of  thin  bueinooe  on  receipt  of  a  telephone  from  tho  writer  ;n  (1 
not  hs'.'vo  a  lot  of  quotations  out.  J>o  not  oomit  yoarnolf  for  a 
shipment  in  any  beyond  the  firtit  of  July. 

Of  courao  you  understand  tit  t  wo  would  like  to  have  rotao 
Ijti'ro  contractu  running  Into  next  year  that  will  not  ««  1,1.11$  at  the 


6th,  1910. 

Hr.  H  3.  Mallory,  Vioe  Pros.,  *'K’ 

Kill  son  Portland  Ooment  Oo. , 

Stewnrtsvillo ,  II.  J. 

Boar  fiir:- 

Tho  writer  finds  that  wo  aro  losing  our  dealers '  trade  right 
and  left  for  tho  reason  that  the  other  companies  are  not  advancing 
their  prices  and  we  include  the  Atlas  and  Vulcanite.  Our  comont  stool: 
reserve  has  gone  up  to  probably  05,000  barrels  hy  thin  timo  and  wo  pre¬ 
sume  that  tho  rnonoy  conditions  have  not  changed,  and  that  wo  cannot 
take  any  risk  of  having  a  very  muoh  larger  stook  than  100,000  barrels. 

We  oannot  wait  until  we  have  accumulated  stock  boforo  taking  action, 
consequently  the  writer  has  'phoned  the  Philadelphia  and  How  York  Offices 
to  accept  orders  at  old  prices  for  shipment  within  thirty  days  temporarily. 

As  soon  as  wcVgot  roport  of  the  Btook  of  oement  on  hand  at  the 
first  of  the  month,  if  we  find  that  the  stocks  have  boon  still  morn 
depleted  and  orders  come  in  again,  we  can  go  buck  to  the  five  cents  advance. 

The  writer  felt  that  ooma  action  must  he  taken  immediately  to 
protect  our  trade  and  not  let  the  stock  get  beyond  us.  IVo  cannot  expect 
any  permanent  advance  until  tho  other  Companies  got  filled  up;  further¬ 
more,  the  output  of  the  mill  has  increased  and  unless  shipping  orders 
come  in  faster  wo  arc  likely  to  get  our  stook  ovor  100,000  barrels  before 
we  know  it,  and  orders  cannot  be  gotten  on  short  notioe:  they  must  be 
taken  onre  of  in  advance. 


Very  truly  yours, 


Manager  of  Sales. 

Copy  to 


M  8"  1810 

June  7,  1910. 

;.'r .  l;.  Meyer, 

Mgr.  of  Wales , 

New  York,  N.  Y. 

Dear  Sir:- 

X  an  in  receipt  of  yours  Gth,  from  Boston, 
relative  to  prices,  .end  T  think  you  are  right  in  your 
decision,  as  we  no w  have  a  stock  on  hand  of  about  83,412 
■barrels  and  hy  the  tine  you  Ret  under  way  taking  business 
again,  the  stock  will  probably  have  accumulate  to  100,000 
barrels,  which  is  the  limit  I  desire  it  to  go. 

One  thine,  however,  I  want  you  to  be  sure 
and  have  all  the  offices  observe.  That  is,  while  they 
take  business  only  for  prompt  shipment,  they  are  to  send 
out  no  quotations  on  which  v;e  might  pet  caught ,  for 

reasons  already  explained  to  you,  it  is  not  necessary  to 


repeat  here. 

Yours  very  truly, 


ii>CX  fijworUi 

TEe  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co. 

>n,  NEW  VILLAGE.  N.J. 


June  25th,  1910. 

Utdon'BuH'dfnc  dl 
Natlona  U  i!k  U  ?ldl 

Mr.  Frank  L.  Dyer, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  regret  to  inform  you  that  Mr.  Robert  H. 
Thompson  died  this  morning  about  10  o'clock.  He  had  been 
sick  for  several  dayB  with  pneumonia,  and  until  yesterday 
we  were  hopeful  that  he  might  recover.  The  date  of  the 
funeral  has  not  as  yet  been  settled,  but  probably  will  be 
on  Tuesday  from  hiB  home  282  Washington  Avenue,  Brooklyn, 
N.  Y. 

Yours  very  truly, 

""N/ST^rwv^  i 

Vice  President 

3  1 0  A 

Hr.  W.  s.  Mallory, 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Company, 

Stewartsville,  H.J. 

Hy  dear  Mr,  Mallory: 

I  have  been  having  some  negotiations  recently  with  Mr.  J.  w. 
Moyse,  of  Toronto,  Canada,  on  the  subject  of  disposing  of  the  Can¬ 
adian  rights  in  the  storage  Battery,  and  I  have  mentioned  to  him 
tho^possibility  of  doing  something  In  Canada  with  our  Cement  Pot. 

He  has  gotten  together  a  very  strong  body  of  mon  who  seem 
,  oe  Prepay  to  push  the  Storage  Battery,  and  ho  is  anxious  to 
look  into  the  Cement  situation,  to  see  if  it  would  be  interesting 

Mr.  Moyse  and  his  associates  expeat  to  be  in  Orange  on 
Tuesday  next,  the  12th  instant,  and  they  will  then  probably  wish 
to  go  to  Hew  Village  so  as  to  inspeot  the  cement  plant. 

..  would  you  propose  in  the  way  of  arrangements,  with 

them,  to  visit  the  plant?  It  occurs  to  me  that  they  might 
leave  here  Tuesday  evening,  and  spend  the  night  in  Easton,  and 
§°  *rown  *°  Kew  Village  in  the  morning.  If  this  plan  is 

satisfactory  to  you,  or  if  you  have  any  other  soheme  to  suggest, 
let  me  know  so.  that  I  may  know  what  to  do  when  they  come.  of 
Hi iB t p0S£il)12  no-6  001110  Orange,  but  I  have 

very  little  doubt  but  what  they  will  do  so. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Mr.  George  II.  Badger, 

, Rdioon  Phonograph  v/orka, 
Orange ,  N.  J. 

*'y  dear  Badger: - 

July  '*7,  1910. 

You  will  renenbor  during  the  spring 
Mr.  Ilertor  and  I  had  a  talk  with  you  on  the  subject  of 
the  Boll  litigation,  and  otnted  that  wo  would  probably 
want  you  to  teotiiy  in  a  suit  that  we  are  having  over 

the  Holla.  . 

“W  CS£"~ 

:'r.  I.ouio  Hicko.^Hr.  Rdioon'a  at\gr- 
ney,  wishes  to  talk  with  you  and  I  have  told  him  that 
you  will  either  go  to  Mow  York  and  see  hiri  during  the 
day  or  some  evening,  or  some  Sunday,  just  aa  ho  nould 
find  the  tine  to  boo  you,  an  he  io  veiy  buay  in  the 
ouit  bo-  he  io  now  taking  teotinony. 

Will  you,  therefore,  please  arrange 
bo  that  you  will  he  able  to  go  to  Hr. Hi  oka  on  very  abort 
notice.  In  all  probability  Hr.  Hicks  will  wont  to  see 
you  cither  the  latter  part  of  thio  or  the  early  part  of 
next  v/eek. 

Youra  very  truly, 

V.  P. 

'  THe  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co 

Telegraph,  Freight  and  Passenger  Station,  NEW  VILLAGE,  N.  J.  pkiiadilphia?  pa?,* . 

Z"u"r  p,  o  address.  STEWARTSV1LLE,  N.  J. 

July  14,  19?.p, 

■Mr.  E.  L.  Dyer, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  J.  ||J| 

Dear  Mr.  Ryer:- 

I  beg  herewith  to  hand  you  a  oopy 
of  a  letter  I  have  today  written  Mr.  EdiBon,  covering 
the  visit  of  Mr.  Moyes  and  hiB  friends  yesterday,  which 
explains  itself. 

Yours  very  truly, 




Mr.  DYER: 

July  14,  1910. 

Dear  Ur.  Edison: - 

Uosors.  Uoyeo,  Clark  and  tiinko  '.-/ere 
at  the  Vlant  yesterday  afternoon  nnd  I  showed  then 
"hrou £h  thoroughly  nnd  at  the  sane  time  Rave  them  full 
information  an  to  our  various  mechanical  devices,  also 
percentage  of  operntinR  time,  besides  which  I  rovo  them 
information  bo  to  our  cooto  and  was  with  them  until 
after  ci'Rht  o’clock  l.ant  niRht,  when  they  left  for 
Toronto.  All  three  oocmed  to  ho  vory  much  pleased 
v/ith  what  they  oav/  and  when  they  left  stated  that  we 
would  henr  from  them  aRain. 

Ur.  Uoyeo  a3ked  me  if  I  would  he 
willing  to  come  to  Toronto  in  case  he  deemed  it  de¬ 
sirable,  so  that  I  could  talk  with  3ome  of  their  local 
friends,  and  1  told  him  I  would  he  very  Rlad  to  ro  at 
any  time. 

Yours  vory  truly, 

V.  I>. 

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Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Valley  Road, 

West  Orange,  IT,  J. 

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pavements  for 


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Dear  Sir: —  lA  AP'  yfci/**  „  . 

L-4-  (^e,/  ..e-  lU' 

I  note  from  the  newspapers  that  youare  experijoar^n'gf 
with  cement -concrete  surfaces  for  roads  and  streets., 

X  have  given  a  good  deal  of  attention-lnd  ''Studi 
same  matter  and  have  for  years  advocated'-c'orfertfe^e  pa^ 
streets  where  the  conditions  were  sui'iajil^  ^In  a 
articles  on  street  pavements  in  19p4  ^ devoted  one  article  to  this 
subject  (See  Engineering  Hews  for  July  21st, 1904). 

Hot  a  little  concrete  pavement  has  been  laid  since  then 
in  a  number  of  cities.  But  as  a  rule  the  Work  has  not  been  de¬ 
signed  and  carried  out  along  scientific  and  practical  lines,  but 
these  pavements  have  nevertheless  given  good  results  .  There  are 
a  number  of  patented  pavements  of  this  general  class  that  have  been 
laid  quite  extensively,  the  patented  feature  being  some  special 
form  of  mixing  and  laying  the  concrete,  but  they  possess  no  ad¬ 
vantages  or  merits  over  plain  concrete. 

Concrete  pavements  are  well  suited  to  main  roads  and 
ohe  less  heavily  travelled  city  streets.  Experience  has  proven 
that  they  are  not  durable  upon  city  streets  carrying  more  than  a 

Thos.  A.  Edison, 


moderate  quantity  of  travel;  but  my  oontention  has  been  that  for 
such  roads  and  streets  as  the  pavement  is  suitable  for,  a  properly 
constructed  concrete  pavement  will  yield  better  returns  for  the 
money  invested  in  it  than  will  any  other  kind  of  pavement. 

The  most  serious  objection  to  it  is  that  the  street  must 
be  closed  to  travel  until  the  concrete  has  thoroughly  set  -  a  period, 
usually,  of  from  seven  days  to  two  weeks. 

I  do  not  know  whether  you  are  working  along  lines  involv¬ 
ing  unusual  or  novel  methods  of  construction,  and  are  proposing 
something  superior  to  plain  concrete,  but  I  am  satisfied  that  there  ' 
is  a  wide  and  profitable  field  for  plain  concrete  pavements  properly 

My  own  idea  has  been  a  pavement  laid  in  two  courses;  - 
the  base  or  foundation  course  about  four  inches  thick  of  ordinary 
concrete,  proportioned  say  1:3:7,  and  a  top  or  finishing  course, 
two  inches  thick,  of  special  mixture,  say  one  part  cement  two  parts 
sand  and  four  parts  crushed  trap  rock  of  a  size  to  pass  a  three- 
eighths  inch  screen. 

I  am  confident  that  if  a  compan;''  were  organized  to  intro¬ 
duce  and  construct  such  a  pavement  under  proper  technical  direction 
it  would  attain  great  success.  Progress  would,  of  course,  be  slow 
at  first,  but  as  the  merits  of  the  work  became  demonstrated  there 
should  be  a  large  market. 

'■Bios.  A.  Edison,  -3-  9/l/L0 

There  is  at  present  a  wide  cap,  in  "Doth  cost  and  use- 
fullness,  between  the  Macadam  road  and  the  higher  class  pavements; 
such  asy  asphalt,  brick  and  wood,  that  such  a  pavement  would,  in 
my  opinion,  fill. 

I  should  be  glad  to  be  connected  with  any  company  that 
would  take  up  the  matter  along  correct  and  intelligent  lines. 

Yours  very  truly, 


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NEWARK,  N.  J. 



Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park, 

Orange , 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  through  Mr.  J(oJin  ^JUller^ 
'notice  our  Spiral  Truss  Bar,  a^new  stee; 
crete:  I  learned  from  him  that 
busy  to  go  into  the  matter,  but" 


f.  J. 

pri  ih 

>  ornament  for  < 

some  merit:  Will  you  confirm  this? 

The  general  public  are,  usual: 

road  that  ■ 

and  a  word  from  you  will  go  far  to  smooth  the  rough 
must  travel  before  making  cur  product  an  assured 

lv-UL  ILe  sU-ss  ^ 

u  u  £  r  st  **  '*'■*?*■* 

Sincerely  yours,  / 

rd  /  J 


TKe  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co 

°*  ”OA““  Telegraph.  Freight  and  Passenger  Station.  NEW  VILLAGE.  N.  J.  Phjla^obupmia,  Pa.,  Arend^B^u 

mun  ,MeM‘W,SNr  BOSTON?  MA88.’,  PostOmce 

P.  o  address,  STEWARTSVILLE,  N.  j.  . . .  N*,l0"‘l'ai 

Mr.  Frank  I.  Dyer, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  J 

Dear  Mr.  Pyer:- 

^December  2,  1910. 

1  am  in  receipt  of  yours  30th,  and  I 
am  more  than  pleased  to  note  that  it  is  your  opinion 
that  an  agreement  among  the  various  Cement  Manufacturers 
to  close  down  their  plants  on  Sunday  would  not  be  a 
violation  of  the  Sherman  Anti-trust  Law.  Also  that  in 
the  States  of  New  Jersey,  Pennsylvania,  Iowa,  Illinois 
and  New  York  there  are  laws  against  unnecessary  operations, 
and  I  presume  this  is  the  case  in  most  other  States. 

This  gives  me  exactly  the  information 
I  desired,  and  I  thank  you  very  much  for  it. 

Since  seeing  you,  I  have  been  spending 
a  good  deal  of  time  on  this  proposition,  and  I  find  that 
if  the  Cement  Companies  would  all  agree  to  discontinue 
Sunday  operations  from  Jan.  1st  to  June  1st  next  year, 

that  it  would  absolutely  solve  the  problem  of  over  cap¬ 
acity,  as  assuming  the  productions  and  shipments  to  be 
practically  the  Bame  next  year  as  this  for  the  first 
six  months,  on  June  1st,  1911,  the  country  would  only 


have  at out  thirty  days'  supply  of  stock,  which  would 
mean  a  good  demand  for  all  the  product  we  oould  manu¬ 
facture  up  to  the  first  of  November  at  good  prices. 

Yours  very  truly, 


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1910.  Cement  House  (D-10-14) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  widely  publicized 
development  of  Edison's  poured  concrete  house.  Much  of  the  material  consists 
of  unsolicited  inquiries  regarding  the  unique  nature,  quick  construction,  and  low 
cost  of  the  projected  house.  Also  included  are  requests  to  view  or  display 
Edison's  one-quarter  scale  model  as  well  as  correspondence  concerning 
concrete  construction  generally.  Many  of  the  unsolicited  letters  contain  Edison 
marginalia,  usually  indicating  that  a  prepared  circular  be  sent  in  response. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  With  the 
exception  of  a  few  samples,  unsolicited  inquiries  have  not  been  selected. 

Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-10-32  (Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited 
Correspondence  -  Business  -  Cement  House). 

This  is  to  remind  you  that  you  were  going  to  let  us 
know  when  the  first  section  of  your  concrete  house  was  ready  to 
pour,  so  that  we  might  see  the  operation. 

The  Purchasing  Agent  of  the  Erie  R.  R.  just  asked  us  to 
quote  him  a  price  on  two  of  these  houses,  hut  we  explained  that  they 
were  not  adapted  to  building  in  such  limited  numbers. 

Yours  truly, 

I  am  in  receipt  of  many  letters  regarding  newspaper  articles, 
describing  a  cement  house  which  1  am  about  to  erect.  The  writers 
of  most  of  the  letters  have  misread  the  articles  and  I  take  this 
occasion  to  explain  just  what  I  propose  to  do. 

I  now  have  a  model,  one- fourth  the  size  of  the  house,  designed 
by  Hew  York  architects. 

I  am  constructing  iron  moulds  and  devising  machinery, 
whereby  a  full  sized  house,  can  be  cast  in  twelve  hours,  after  the 
moulds  are  in  position.  At  the  end  of  six  days,  the  iron  moulds  are 
removed  and  the  house  will  be  complete,  including  Btairs,  partitions, 
mantels,  baths,  etc.,  and  after  drying  six  days  will  probably  be 
ready  for  occupancy. 

To  build  this  house  for  One  Thousand  Dollars,  it  i3  essential 
that  it  be  erected  on  sandy  soils,  as  the  material  excavated  for  the 
cellar  is  all  that  is  required  to  build  the  house,  except,  of  course, 
the  cement. 

The  cost  of  the  iron  moulds  will  be  about  $25,000.00,  the  cost 
of  the  other  machinery  about  $15,000.00.  From  this  outfit, an  un¬ 
limited  number  of  houses  can  be  erected.  But  houses  cannot  be  erected 
for  the  price  named,  with  a  single  mould,  as  the  machinery  and  the  men 
would  be  idle  several  days.  But,  if  say  moulds  for  six  houses  were 
used,  the  machinery  and  the  men  would  be  kept  in  continuous  employ¬ 
ment;  erecting  from  10  to  12  houses  monthly.  The  patterns  which  1  am 
making  are  so  devised  that  the  same  patterns  oan  he  used  to  make  over 
sixteen  different  types  of  houses. 

It  is  probable  that  companies  will  be  formed,  who  will  have 
several  moulds,  each  of  a  different  design  and  will  go  actively  into 

I  have  not  gone  into  this  with  the  idea  of  making  money  from 
it,  and  will  be  glad  to  license  reputable  parties  to  make  moulds  and 
erect  houses,  without  any  payments  on  account  of  patents.  The  only 
restriction  being;  that  the  designs  of  the  houses  be  satisfactory  to 
me,  and  that  they  shall  use  good  material;  but  nothing  will  be  done 
until  the  experimental  house  is  erected. 

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pamphlet  of  concrete  homes,  editioni/of  February*  1&L0.  '  I  think, 
have  solved  the  great  problem  of  good,  ocmgfortabjte ,  sub-^ 

)  connected  wilh  your  plant  ,  .j— * 

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mwof  February*  1&L0.  I  think, 

stantial  homes  at  a  comparatively  low  price.  ^  f 

iWifiij  «■£  «-iwm 

I  regret  that  I  overlooked  your  birthday  anniversary  ’orut he 
11th;  but  I  can  congratulate  you  just  a's  well,  pWijbly,  now); 
and  the  congratulation^  will  take  a  more  concrete  form  when  I  tell 

you  that  recently  in  < 

•  laboratory  we  tested  t 

and  it  surpassed  in  almost  every  respect  any  of  the  many  cements 
we  have  tested.  The  molds  of  neat  cement,  after  standing  30  days, 
withstood  a  tensile  strain  of  over  1,000  pounds  to  the  square 

inch  before  breaking. 

s  haven't  had  any  other  cement  that  would 

Faithfully  yours, 

American  Building  Corporation 


NEW  YORK.  U.  S.  A . .  •»  2 

Kr.  Thomas  ft.  Edison, 
port  Kyor,  Pin., 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  have  successfully  built  an  nil  concrete  house  at  I'.ont- 
clnir,  Nov;  Jersey,  and  it  was  not  an  en3y  designyeither  inside  or  out. 

There  is  no  wood  or  anything  but  concrete  everywhere. 

The  house  would  cost  §10,000  in  first  class  frame,  and  1  . 
managed  to  keep  the  cost  down  to  about  §10,000.  The  Prudential  Insur¬ 
ance  Co.,  Newark,  has  loaned  me  §6000  at  5 %  on  it  without  nny  firo  Insur¬ 
ance  policy.  John  Vfanamaker  has  agreed  to  furnish  and  decorato  it  in  a 
befitting  manner,  and  is  now  engaged  in  doing  so,  free  of  charge  to  me,  as 
an  advertisement  for  his  house  etc. ,  everything  is  alright,  only  I  dont  see 
any  money  in  it  for  me,  and  that  is  what  I  went  into  it  for.  The  people 
come  in  throngs  to  look,  and  think  it  beautiful  and  strong,  but  they  are 
skeptical  or  something  about  giving  contracts.  It  is  a  breeding  place  for 
curiosity  seekers,  and  altogether  I  can't  for  the  life  of  me  see  the  other 
end.  It  looks  to  me  as  though  the  public  was  not  ready  for  the  concrete 
dwellings,  (that  is  the  medium  well  to  do  public,)  for  I  have  had  hundreds 
of  letters,  and  thousands  have  3een  the  house  and  all  seem  favorably  im¬ 
pressed,  but  it  is  all  so  strange  to  them,  that  I  cannot  land  contracts. 

I  dont  know  why,  for  I  have  done  my  best,  and  can  build  within  12JS  as  low 
as  first  class  frame,  but  a  public  that  buys  stocks  when  high,  and  sells 
tnem  when  low,  may  continue  to: take  perishable  wood  instead  of  stone.  fo> 
thoir  homes  at  the  same  price. 

I  did  not  know  but  what 
about  now,  whether  to  close  shop  or  kee 
ate  it  very  much.  I  used  your  cement 

you  could  give  me  a  word  of  advise 
p  on  plugging.  I  would  appreci- 



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Dear  Mr.  Edison;- 




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I  do  not  suppose  you  will  remember  meV  so^  ‘"l 
man?4^0ars  ^ave  Passed  since  my  brother  and  I  severed  our  con-  v 
neotion  with  the  Phonograph,  Xineteaoope ,  and  Vitascope  business, 
-ossibly,  the  old  letter  head  on  which  this  is  typed  may  reoall 
my  personality.  *  * 

I  have  recently  secured  a  large  block  of  unimproved 
land  in  the  centre  of  this  City,  and  calculate  to  build  on 
ij  a  “UJ?i)er  of  neat  cottages,  such  as  can  be  sold  to  members  of 
the  Civil  Service  at  a  reasonable  figure. 

.  .  Before  making'  my  contracts,  I  would  like  very 

much  to  get  details  of  your  system,  by  which  the  greater  rart  of 
a  good  sized  cottage  can  be  cheaply  built,  practically  without 
a  seam  in  h,  by  using  concrete.  If  you  can  spare  the  time, 
and  do  not  think  it  too  much  trouble,  I  would  be  deeply  indebted 
to  you  if  you  would  send  me  some  of  the  literature  on  the  subject. 

nr,*  j_v  .  trusting  that  you  still  enjoy  the  vigour  of  mind 

and  body  that  characterized  you  when  we  last  met,  I  am. 

Yours  very  truly. 


^  American  Building  Corporation  ^ 


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sr^  pS  ,  vrew  YORKj,,efis.  U.. . Ka*.,'ALo«g^!teP  , 

ks?"-  '  s^W*^ 

lottnp  of  Enr. ,  3Lh,  which  yo^Erectatl  I.r,  hills,  lo  30Ril 

r.sef  wars  short,  but  it  .seemed  to  cover  the  point,  and  I  thank  you  for  your  inV' 
pres  mono.  Just  r.  word  here  which  needs  no  reoly,  X  have  thourht  a  r*eat 
deal  about  your  coning  concrete  house.  1  think  yoif  house,  to  insure  success 
shoulu  ^launched  boldly,  while  you  yourself  are  livinE,  and  should  be  well 
°u  0  sea,  before  you  pass  away.  j  think  that  more  good  could  be  done,  and 
more  building  too,  in  one  year  with  you  living,  t].an  in  a.  quarter  of  a  century 
or^0L‘  vW  <1  ^»v%nU  lf  y?u  told  Ule  people  that  you  would  loon  G5£ 

sell  to?".  ™  e°° L’  ,Uf  U°5’  “aed  cement)  that  you  would' 

i,  ..  ™10  couont  than  the  Atlas  people  do  to-day.  1  think  also  that  an  office 
1-  a  le  selling  a  bond  on  a  specific  security  like  these  houses,  would  with  your 
S*1,  !,?'  business  than  1000  contractors  and  builders  could  produce  houses 
^very  school  teacher,  minister,  professional  man,  and  the  like  who  are  “odor,' 

parly  finance  the' matter  in  a  sooedy°nnnnert  (so^h/lb *no  0° M  *  MoaeS.t0  pr0“ 
to  work  itself  out)  aft  it  has  token  -nd  mil  *1!  i  lfc  consum-nC  years 

house  itself  to  an'uncuentionabt^c^  to^r  own  mind?"  °Ut  ^  C°nCr#t‘ 

and  T  n--J0r°„°r  O1  property  in  Uie  world,  is  1  understand  mortaared  to  heath 

t?ccE° /5r°  ^  ^-/-^"““"c'raiTthf  LoanecoSanies  irtlTnol  doTf^t  r  ’ 

<-ocie.  Aiie  ijond  would  have  the  rrectes  nublin  ,,  ° 

your  name  and  specific  security.  „  u  '  "  enr1lh  °"  ^ 

it,  and  almost  as  much  good  to  the  people  as  the  frouse  itself.  S°°  V1S1°nS  in 
1  hope  I  have  not  tirod  you. 

March  23,  1910, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Edison  Laboratory , 
Orange,  H.  J. 

(  jViAR  25  : 

\U*  CxuJT  ^omU, 

Dear  Sir: 

We  are  constant^/j  receiving  inquiries  about  m 

“’fc'fnwt  re  lust  how  youVw 

uo  cC£  M-  |  ,  -  v 

f  y  Cv't>  >jA*£A 

iritAfes  Real  fixate  Trust 

poured  concrete  house  and  write  toincmire  just  how  you\wbuld  f  . 

ld  wr^Tf^n 

like  us  to  answer  these  incflf^rjies 

Bor  instance,  the  Sec 

Boston,  asked  !'Will  you  kindty^furn^feh  us'vv 
you  have  regarding  the  handlin§’*ff^'£}i°ie"_ ( Edison^  mo  uld^_ 
this  terriroty,  advising  us  what  the  limitations  and  restr^^ons 
will  he,  and  also  what  we  can  expect  in  the  way  of  marginal  profit 
in  the  handling  of  these". 

The  Johnston  &  Larimer  Co.  of  Wichita,  Kansas,  write, 
"Will  you  kindly  give  us  full  particulars  as  to  the  price  of  the 
moulds,  how  many  it  would  take  for  a  working  plant,  and  the  cost 

of  same  complete.  Also  inform  us - -  the  approximate  cost 

for  the  style  of  house  that  is  most  used". 

Do  you  wish  us  to  refer  inquiries  directly  to  you,  or 
would  you  prefer  that  we  should  carry  on  the  correspondence  and 
crystalize  the  proposition,  presenting  only  the  finished  results 
to  you.  If  the  latter,  we  would  like  to  come  to  the  laboratory 
to  get  some  accurate  information  concerning  the  cost  of  the  moulds, 

where  they  can  he  procured,  and  the  conditions  under  which  you 
would  permit  their  use,  and  the  probable  time  when  the  house  could 
be  put  upon  the  market. 

Yours  very  truly, 

April  6th;'  1910. 

j  y  krcAT&  6  V..frv»J  tjj. — -C—M  C*-  •! 
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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Bsi 
LlewellyA  Park; 

J3y  attention  has)  been  brought  to  a  system  of,, inter- 

.  .  _  J{u^  itce-n-i-CoL.  4<ot  t<  ft.  <?tu  — - 

changeable  metal  molds  for  use  in  oonoilate,conatrnotion.  The 

<l..evuLAC.<Ju,*&  t^T~ 

same  molds  are  said  to  be  adaptable  to  (the  construction  of  any  , 

,  .  ¥  j'-iliet  >4  ttxe x*£  <i.«t iA.<nv  \l ~ 

sise,  class  or  design  of  builillnr,  aHScan,  it  is  olaimed,  be  „ 

,  .  tx>,ML  W.  ttt-v-  (Cv-t..  \PcriA—  CL-Vi-oaJLj 

used  over  tad  over  again.  This  system  is  said  'tb  be' Covered  ~  <' 

...  Cu<^.  £  t>w-e.  tf=-6>ev  ~tS  £&/ 

by  patents.  A  year  or  so  ago,  I  reoall  having  seen  in  the  press,’  j 

_  . .  .  .  ,  ,  &CjC-  Co.>'CvrtT  <rC~  «5 • 

mention  of  your  having  done  oertaln  ejpperirpental  work  alojug  the  j 
lines  of  concrete  construction^ aiji  the  use  o£  semens ort  of  metal  I 

molds  in  connection  therewith 

Bepresentlng  oertaln  people  who  hate . tOeT'uonsldera- 

tion  the  advisability  of  Investing  moneys  in  the  system  above 
briefly  referred  to,  it  ooourred  to  me  that  it  would  be  very  de¬ 
sirable  for  them  to  ascertain  the  result  of  your  experience  with 
metal  molds  in  Conor ete  oonstruotlon,  and  also  the  nature  and 
extent  of  any  patent  righto  you  might  have  in  oonnaotion  therewith. 
I  appreciate  that  I  am  presuming  a  great  deal  in  asking  you  to.  give 
us  gratis  such  information  concerning  the  above,  as  in  your  opinion, 
might  be  helpfal  to  ua,  nevertheless,  I  know  of  no  better  way  of 
procuring  information  than  by  going  to  the  man  who  knows. 

Swrias  no  other  motive  than  the  protection  of  my 
olients  funds,  it  oosurrsd  to  ms  that  I  might  properly  ask  you 
three  questions: 

1.  Bo  you  consider  the  use  of  inter  changeable  metal 
molds  as  atovs  desoribed,  in  oanorata  oonstruotlon,  feasible  and 


1 98  Broadway 

(2)  T.  A.  E. 

New  York  City. 


2.  What  are  the  objections  to  the  tiBe  of  Buoh  metal 
molds  In  oonorete  oonstruotion  ? 

3.  Do  you  know  of,  or  have  you  any  patent  rights 
oovering  the  use  of  suoh  motal  molds? 

I  shall  deeply  appreciate  the  courtesy  which  you 
may  show  in  answering  this  letter,  but  if  I  may  be  presumptuous 
or  if  the  demands  upon  your  time  do  not  admit  of  a  reply,  I  will 

Respectfully  yours, 

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Thomas.  A. Edison  Esq, 

E  .Orange  .  K  ,J  . 
Dear  sir, 


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The  writer  was  for  awhile  the  '..... 

for"The  Edison  Portland  CementCo" ,  ani  is  n<qw /assoc  lamed 
—i-CvXi  cLe>X«v  i&N 

ugh  his  persuasion  .forming  a,  Constructaan 

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- j..  Houa»4i  and/ltaking  in  the  other 

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branches  of  the  business  that  call  for  the  use  of  Cement  in  evsfey 

with  this  office,  which  throu; 
Company  for  the  ereoting  of  dc 

Bhape  and  form 

■  toes 

C{  ,  Vi  t>-U) 

tW  iU(>  Ae-2-  — " 

The  Company  is  being  organized  with  a  Capital  $tock  of  $100. 

000.00  in  Shhnes  of  $100.00  each,  fully  paua^and  non-assesable . 

It  will  be  more  than  a  pleasure  to  me  pjp* 3  tudy  the  interests 
of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement,  for  it  has  been  the  means  already  of  my 
becoming  very  well  known  in  the  South,  and  recently  have  had  people 
write  me  from  UewYork,  asking  for  information  regarding  Concrete  Hou¬ 
ses,  and  telling  me  of  their  intention  to  build  a  house  of  thiB  class 
and  character. 

Speaking  for  all  concerned  in  this  new  enterprise,  it  would 
be  more  than  a  pleasure  to  see  your  name  on  the  list  of  subscribers, 
considering  the  (interest  you  have  in  the"Cement  World",  and  the  like 
interest  that  the  writer  takes  in  being  able  to  retalliate  and  to 
respond  to  the  inquiries  of  so  many  people  all  over  this  territory. 

However  small  the  amount  may  be  ,  I  should  consider  ii?y  an 

SO<r<*nct  <3/0  Qfrt'/ 03^  Q&dfy 

'*"“7"  Jd<A>n^&,  <&&.,. _ 

honor  to  he  favored  with  a  subscription  . 

I  am  fully  aware  of  your  interests  in  the  state  at  large,  but  I 
am  more  than  anxious  to  receive  your  acknowledgement , and  you*  "auto¬ 
graph",  in  response,  10 %  only  being  called  for  upon  application. 

A  speoial  edition  of  the  "Metropolis"  is  being  mailed  seperately 
which  I  trust  will  prove  interesting  to  you. 

Awaiting  the  favor  of  your  esteemed  reply, 

Yours  very  truly,  _ 


The  above  Company  has  recently  Invested  for  their  clients  over  §413 . 
000.00  and  has  many  calls  every  day  from  investors  all  over  the  South  - 
A  list  of  investors  will  he  gladly  furnished  upon  application. 

DiviDUD^iJaraemTiM.  Vj^W  •^-/sX'&.CV  «*- 

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Uo  rvlcCCdU  v^to  vaac^  Ut-  o-tr*/  £, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. ,  j  ^  vvW^..,^  *P. 

Llewellyn  Park,  VW  ^  V  %  x0  CMi+Jt 

.  wv^  ct/C-^w*  •"*  s  yV/i 

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Honored  and  Honorable  3ir:-  i  LAM'ut‘  j 

Hy  attention  baa  been  attraoted  by ,  announcements  of  an  ’ 

~£c>  LCue.  ®-fc1 

exhibition  to  be  given  under  your  auspices  at  thelHadison  Square  f 
\u- <w <*-  A^gr^ws_t>, t 
Garden  of— what  is  stated  to  be  your? personal  invention  of  "pourejl  I 
fbu£rwx  U"  y^JL  *  ^  fcw«rvt~>  'W.^-tv-.Cs**® 
oement  oonorete,"  for  dwellings,  effected  by  the  use.  nf  "moulds” 

Vv^-kt-uj  £en**t«Afc  ktrwAfi*, ■*■ ■ 

for  making  not  merely  walls,  but  aolmans,  aaxrtels,  etc.  , _ 

_  o^*  OA»4s/ i- it-O ' •"£ 

1  bog  to  inquire  what  radioal  difference  there  is  between  your 


moulding  of  oonorete,  and  that  used  (about  twenty  years  |ago  at  3t. 
Augustine,  Florida,  by  my  Father,  Hr.  Frankliip^  Smith. 

You  will  recall  that,  subsequently,  exaotef  SM^mSrtfure 
and  same  methods  were  used  for  oaating  the  famous  Hotel  Ponoe  de 
Leon,  Aloasar,  and  Cordova. 

My  Father  in  subsequent  years  agitated  the  use  of  oonorete 
mouldings  and  castings  in  a  most  energetic  way,  both  for  use  in 
his  well-known  reproduction  of  the  Homan  "House  of  panaa,"  at  Sara¬ 
toga  Springs,  and  for  his  proposed  "national  Gallery  of  History  and 
Art"  at  Washington. 

Hoping  for  the  favor  of  a  reply  at  your  own  kind  convenience. 

Yours  very  respeoraully, 



I.  .  > 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  EdiBon, 

West  Orange,  II.  Yf, 
Dear  Sir : -  <r]j 

V/e  have  noted  lal 

'  y  X'  x  ~ 

W"  t  y  df  ^ 

it^L^'a  oonBi^ferablJs  fmount  of ^itor^tjfee  i^A 
regard  to  Oonorete  Houses  whlahlgah  he  ^ilt  for  a  cjUt  o0>houty$lOOfi. 
A  number  of  the  employe  os  of  ou^Campgnfr  are  vej#mucl|  f^ter^ted,  sis  \ 
they  feol  that  it  would  he  poa s  ihl^oV^a  gj^wffc  man^ftff  th,om  to^Hld  ) 

houses  of  this  kind  if  practical, 
1  would  thank  you  to  advise 


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possible  to  hi 

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houses  huilt  now  and  if  you  havo  any  Vem&'rn  age^TCs  whom 

we,x  aouILd 

apply  to  for  information  in  regari 
Thanking  you  for  any  inform! 
to  impart,  I  remain  , 

Yours  trul 


you  might  %$: 


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May  £6,  1910. 

Ihomaa  A.  Edison,  ssq. , 

Orange,  H.  j. 

Honored  and  Honorable  Sir:-  “2$ 

Yoar  eateemed  favor  of  May  S1.  m  duly  reoeivaa,  and  your 
friendly  effort  la  replying  ..  pro.ptly  8utelJr  „MtlsJ  ^ 
aoknowledgement . 

I  m  gratified  at  learning  Mat  yon  rene.ber  By  Patter  and 
Me  none,  and  .1th  beet  aloha,  for  your  own  ano.e.a  In  the  far¬ 
ther  development  of  ,h.  o.nant  matter,— and  ale.  hoping  for  year 
prolonged  health  and  life  for  farther  benafaotiona  to  monhlud. 

I  remain, 

With  great  respeot. 

.  ^vix-vif  CV^iv^C^. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Laat  December,  as  one  of  the  party  qf  Members  of  the 
American  Sooiety  of  Mechanical  Engineers,  I  visited  your  laborator¬ 
ies  and  met  you  personally. 

For  the  past  four  years,  I  have  been  deeply  interested 
in  concrete  construction  as  part  of  my  duties  in  this  Institution, 
and  X  am  now  supervising  the  building  of  a  new  concrete  laboratory 
for  training  our  Architectural  Construction  students  in  oonorete 

I  am  very  enthusiastic  over  oonorete  house  construction, 
and  am  interested  in  building  them  in  quantities  for  the  public.  I 
am  writing  to  ask  your  permission  to  call  on  you  sometime  in  July 
and  learn  from  you  personally  your  ideas  regarding  building  these 
types  of  houses  for  public  use. 

Thanking  you  for  your  attention  and  awaiting  your  reply 
with  deep  interest, 

I  am, 

Yours  very  truly, 

Head  of  Department. 


Th e  Tel- Electric  Company 
The  Tel- Electric  Piano  Player 


Hot  York  City,  June  83nd,  19X0. 

Messrs.  Uann  a  MaoHeille, 

Ho.  18  East  45th  St. , 

How  York  City. 

Gentlemen  :- 

Confirning  telephone  conversation  which  I  tad  with 
you  to-day  would  stato  that  I  should  like  to  eet  further  infor¬ 
mation  in  record  to  Jir.  Edison's  concrete  houses,  as  I  believe 
I  can  place  the  agenoy  for  these  houses  for  Honolulu  with 
coed  people  who  have  plenty  of  financial  backing. 

As  soon  as  you  are  in  a  position  to  take  this  matter 
up  with  me  I  should  bo  clad  to  call  and  will  Ko  into  the  pro¬ 
position  fully. 

Yours  V&ry  truly 

General  Manager. 

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August  4,  191°. 


Via  desire  to  call  attention  to  the  paragraph  in  tho  rules  and  regulations  rgovern- 
ing  tho  Shows  under  the  heading,  CATALOGUES,  SOUVENIRS,  ETC.,  which  reads-'as  follows: 

"Ho  catalogues,  advertising  or  printed  matter  which  in  the  opinion 
oftho  management  are  undignified  or  otherv/ise  objectionable  shall 
be  distributed.  The  distribution  of  souvenirs  and  advertising 
novelties  of  all  kinds  by  exhibitors  is  prohibited.  Printed  ad¬ 
vertising  matter  can  be  distributed  by  exhibitors  from  their  own 
spaces  only.  Uniformed  attendants  must  be  confined  to  the  spaces 
occupied  by  their  employers.  No  exhibits  of  parts,  accessories  or 
other  goods  bearing  name  or  other  form  of  advertisement  other 
than  that  of  the  space  occupant  may  be  displayed." 

It  was  felt  by  tho  management  that  this  prohibition  of  souvenirs  and  novelties 
would  be  welcomed  by  all,  eliminating  as  it  does  a  feature  which  detracts  from  the 
dignity  of  the  exhibition  and  obviating  tho  usual  competition  among  exhibitors  in  tho 
distribution  of  advertising  novelties  which  aro  of  questionable  value  and  considerable 
expense.  Those  interested  are  invited  to  write  us  expressing  their  opinion  as  to  tho 
desirability  of  strictly  enforcing  the  rule. 

Wo  are  pleasod  to  be  able  to  announce  the  engagement  of  John  Philip  Sousa  and  his 
Band  of  seventy-five  musicians  to  furnish  tho  music  for  the  Now  York  Cement  Show.  Tho 
engagement  of  this  band,  tho  most  famous  organization  of  its  kind  in  the  world,  should 
attract  to  tho  exhibition  thousands  of  people  from  all  over  the  United  States.  This 
is  the  first  instance  where  a  world-famous  feature  of  this  character  has  been  intro¬ 
duced  in  connection  with  any  previous  trade  or  industrial  show. 

The  attention  of  prospective  exhibitors  is  again  directed  to  tho  fact  that  all 
applications  for  space  to  be  considered  in  the  first  allotment  must  be  filed  on  or  be¬ 
fore  noon,  September  1.  The  numbor  of  applications  already  received  we  believe  justi¬ 
fies  tho  prediction  that  space  at  both  tho  New  York  and  Chicago  Shows  will  be  at  a 
premium.  If  the  numbor  of  concerns  dosiring  space  at  the  Shows  is  sufficiently  large 
it  is  probable  that,  at  the  allotment,  exhibitors  will  be  limited  to  fewer  spaces  than 
specified  in  their  applications  in  order  that  the  space  may  bo  so  distributed  as  to 
accomodate  tho  largost  numbor  of  exhibitors.  Ke  earnestly  request  those  expecting  to 
exhibit  to  forward  their  applications  as  promptly  as  possible  so  that  a  fair  division 
of  Bpace  may  be  made. 

Yours  very  truly, 


General  Manager. 

I  have  your  lottor  of  August  20  and  am 
glad  to  loam  that  llr.  Edison  has  consented  to  the 
exhibition  of  the  model  of  his  poured  house. 

I  will  he  unable  to  advise  you  of  what 
looation  we  can  assign  you  until  after  the  general 
allotment  of  space  on  September  1.  After  that,  I 
will  select  some  location  for  the  exhibit  and  write 

It  is  agreed  that  this  space  is  to  be 
donated  and  that  ilr.  Edison  is  to  have  the  right 
to  install  and  supervise  the  display,  which,  of  courso, 
will  be  subject  to  our  approval  and  it  is  understood 
that  the  exhibit  is  in  no  way  to  partake  of  the  nature 
of  an  exhibit  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co. 

You  will  hear  from  mo  further  in  a  week 

or  ton  days. 


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Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq.,  •-/ 

The  laboratory,  Llewellyn  Park, 

West  Orange,  h.  j. 

Hoar  Mr.  Edison: 

It  was  with  much  interest  that  l  read  the  item  concerning 
the  ®800  dwellings  which  the  city  of  Milwaukee  is  considering  the 
erection  of,  with  a  prospect  for  people  of  small  means  to  he  able 
to  own  their  own  homes. 

I  have  noticed  frequently  that  the  working-man  pays  to 
building  loan  societies  and  numerous  so-called  charitable  institu¬ 
tions  from  0%  to  lSji  interest  on  the  money  they  borrow.  T7hy  do  you 
uot  try  to  interest  some  great  Long  Island  company  near  the  entrance 
of  the  new  Pennsylvania  tunnel  in  a  proposition  like  this?  Thousands 
of  your  cement  houses  could  be  put  up  in  the  neighborhood  and  be  a 
benefit  to  everybody. 

Believe  me, 

Very  truly  yours, 




A  Waterproofing  for  Cement 

E.  E.  BLACKMAN,  Patbntbi 

a.  barrett 

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Facts  About  Hydrozo 

|  |  j^DRO^  ia^n  mineral  liquid  to  be  used  on 

Hydrozo  is  not  so 

dissolved  in  five  tin 
liquid  is  saturated 

the  solid  of  the 

Hydrozo  is  not  effected  by  the  air;  it  does  not  ox¬ 
idize  ;  acid  will  not  effect  it,  neither  will  alkali.  The 

change  the  structure  of  cement  blocks;  the  block  is 
not  weakened  by  the  application,  of  Hydrozo. 

Hydrozo  is  patented,  and  the  patents  cover  not 
only  the  specific  formula  of  Hydrozo,  but  any  mate- 


To  Keep  Water  Out  of  Cellars 

When  cellars  ore  dug  too  deep  in  wet  places,  the 
water  sometimes  comes  up  from  below.  This  con¬ 
dition  may  be  overcome  by  a  coat  of  the  boiling 
Hydrozo  paste  on  a  good  smooth  coat  of  rather  poor 
cement  (say  o  five  to  one  mixture -of  cement)  and 

Hydrozo  coot.  This  will  keep  out  water  effectively. 

Anyone  con  apply  Hydrozo  as  a  little  experiment¬ 
brush  to  flow  it  on.  Break  the  paste  as  fine  as  you 
con  while  it  is  dry,  then  odd  the  gasoline.  It  may 

mix  it  and  apply  it  to  the  wall  immediately.  Good 
results  may  be  obtained  by  spraying  it  on  the  wall 

The  main  thing  is  to  get  plenty  on  so  it  will  pene- 

Thc  rocks  mi  .  . . ,  _ _ _ 

When  you  have  treoted  the  rocks,  and  th 

Hydrozo  should  be  sold  in 


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Let  Us  duplicate  the  COLISEUM 

great  Success  of  the 

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Madison  SquareShow 

St.  Louis  Real  Estate  given  for  the  - 

and  Building  Indus-  St.  Louis  Real  Estate  and  Building  Interests 

tries  are  as  Important - 

as  any  in  the  world. 

The  Building  Depart¬ 
ment  will  be  of  ultra  B 
importance  and  the 
exhibits  will  give  the 
Great  Southwest  a 
splendid  opportunity 
to  see  all  that  is  new 
in  building  material 
and  appliances. 


GEO.  S.  HILL  &  CO.  Managers 

)d  'fjf  Trust 

y  For  Building  Intere^sj 

_  0e  the  Part  of  the  St .  Louis  Real  Estate  Exchange  and 
the  St.  Louis  Building  Industries  we  are  asking  you  if  it  would  be 
possible  to  mako  an  exhibition  of  your  poured  house  plates  at  the 
forthcoming  Real  Estate  &  Building  Show  to  be  given  in  our  city  the 
la.Bt  week  in  October?  This  show  will  be  attended  very  largoly  by 
those  interested  from  the  entire  Southwest.  Tremendous  interest 
is  manifested  in  your  process  in  this  territory,  and  we  are  confi¬ 
dent  that  an  exhibition  of  the  house  will  prove  of  immense  mutual 
value,  and  it  certainly  would  be  appreciated  by  the  public  inter¬ 
ests  of  our  city.  We  understand  that  the  municipal  management  of 
Gary,  Ind.,  is  making  use  of  this  system  on  a  very  extensive  scale. 

For  many  years  the  matter,- of  housing  the  middle  clasB 
citizen  has  been  a  troublous  one  in  St.  Louis.  We  believe  from 
what  we  know  of  your  poured  house  that  it  certainly  is  a  long- 
looked  for  sanitary  panacea  for  the  correct  housing  of  tthe  people . 

An  affirmative  answer  to  our  request  will  be  creatlv 
arvnrflrH  Vixr  nil  •?  Q4-  a  °  J 

Respectfully  and  very  truly  yours, 

September  15th,  1910. 

Mr.  H.  E.  Miller. 

V/e  are  returning  herewith  a  letter  addressed  to  Mr.  Edison. 

That  portion  relative  to  the  battery  we  have  replied  to,  and  have 
advised  Mr.  A.  Holland  that  the  cement  house  matter  had  been  referred 


Holland  Bros. 



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St-  Louis  Real  Estate  Buildigg  S!b@w 

Ur.  H.  T.  Millar,  Sec'y, 

Thoa.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  W.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Miller 

Yours  of  September  13th  in  hand,  and  we  regret  that  the 
building  plates  are  not  near  completion.  Wortt  you  please  write  us 
as  to  when  the  first  house  will  be  finished,  and  please  1st  us 
know  if  it  will  not  be  possible  for  you  to  let  St.  Louis  seo  at 
least  one  of  the  forms.  A  very  interesting  exhibit  Could  be  made 
with  oven  a  portion  of  the  molds  ,  and  the  combined  cement  in¬ 
dustries  here  are  very  desirous  that  we  have  evon  one  portion 
of  the  molds  so  that  tho  process  can  be  shown  to  the  poople. 

As  undoubtedly  you  know,  St.  Louis  is  a  pretentious  in¬ 
dustrial  center  and  the  matter  of  housing  the  working  people 
in  a  sanitary , modern  waynis  now  a  paramount  issue  hero.  The 
city  has  boon  largely  built  in  an  old-time  unsanitary  fashion, 
and  it  has  just  awakened  to  the  ultra-importance  of  correctly 
housing  the  masses,  and  it  is  tho  concensus  of  opinion  that 
the  cement  house  is  the  happy  solution.  Mr.  Miller,  pjLease 
bring  this  carefully  to  the  attention  of  Mr.  Edison,  for  whom 
St.  Louis ,3 specially,  hae  a  high  and  tender  regard,  and  let 
us  hear  from  you  at  your  early  opportunity. 

Very  truly  yours. 



/.r!D  IDEAL  lljui  ly  » ,'JMLSlf  AT 
l.'.ADIDl’il  LJUAiiE  GARDtii  KtiV  YORK  CITY. 

Edison  Cast  Concrete  House 

THIS  model  represents  the  character  of  the  house  which  I  will 
construct  of  concrete.  I  believe  it  can  be  built  by  machinery  in 
lots  of  ioo  or  more  at  one  location  for  a  price  which  will  be  so 
low  that  it  can  be  purchased  or  rented,  by  families  whose  total  income 
is  not  more  than  $550  per  annum.  It  is  an  attempt  to  solve  the  housing 
question  by  a  practical  application  of  science,  and  the  latest  advancement 
in  cement  and  mechanical  engineering.  With  this  idea  in  mind  I  have 
conducted  a  large  number  of  experiments.  These  experiments  have 
proven  that  it  is  possible  to  cast  a  house  complete  in  six  hours  by  pouring 
a  very  wet  mixture  of  gravel,  sand  and  cement  into  iron  moulds  having 
the  form  of  a  house,  and  after  the  removal  of  the  forms  or  moulds,  leave 
standing  a  complete  house  with  a  fine  surface,  plain  or  ornamental,  all 
in  one  solid  piece,  including  the  cellar,  partitions,  floors,  roof,  stairs, 
mantels,  veranda — in  fact  everything  except  the  windows  and  doors, 
which  arc  of  wood  and  the  only  parts  of  the  house  that  arc  combustible. 

The  house  is  to  be  heated  by  boiler  and  radiators  in  the  usual  man¬ 
ner,  the  plumbing  to  be  open  and  jointed  by  electric  welding. 

The  experimental  house  has  the  partitions  arranged  to  give,  besides 
the  cellar,  two  rooms  on  first  story  (one  to  be  used  as  a  living 
room  and  the  other  for  a  kitchen) ;  the  second  story  to  have  two  rooms 
and  bath;  the  roof  story  to  have  two  rooms.  When  large  numbers  of 
houses  are  made,  the  partitions  can  be  changed  tn  make  morn  rooms. 
Once  the  house  is  cast,  however,  no  changes  can  ever  be  made — nothing 
but  dynamite  could  be  used  to  remove  a  partition  without  great  cx- 

Well-madc  concrete,  employing  a  high  grade  of  Portland  Cement, 
is  the' most  lasting  material  known. 

In  Italy,  at  the  present  time,  there  exist  concrete  structures  made 
of  old  Roman  cement,  constructed  more  than  a  thousand  years  ago,  and . 
which  are  still  in  a  good  state  of  preservation. 

Concrete  will  last  as  long  as  granite,  and  is  far  more  resistant  to 

The  iron  moulds  for  the  full  size  house  arc,  at  the  present  time, 
about  60%  completed,  and  it  may  be  possible  that  before  Fall  they  will 

OvWft,  fl-J'- 

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^  tut  pnniu  &tito .  3. '*W ■&  A»m  ^.n&cLi  “& 

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VrJ'&M. rJJ  ’’ 

M.  R.  Hutchison,  Esq. , 

50  Church  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Rear  Sir: 

As  per  your  request  of  the  4th  instant 
I  enclose  herewith  the  two  photographs  of  Mr. 
Edison  who  has  affixed  his  signature  thereon. 

I  also  enclose  photograph  of  the  proposed  concrete 
house,  which  was  taken  at  Madison  Square  Garden, 
also  leaflet  which  gives  a  fair  description  of  the 

Will  you  kindly  forward  these  photoB 
to  Dr.  Findlay  and  his  friend,  hy  whom  he  was 

Thanking  you,  X  am, 

Yours  very  truly, 




November  9,  1910. 

Mr,  Thomas  A,  .Edison,  ?■;;}'/  # in  ,  ■, 

Orange,  N,  J_. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison,- 

X  am  in  receipt  of  the  two  signed  photographs 
with  photograph  and  description  of  the  cement  house  model,  which 
I  have  forv/arded  to  Mr,  Moyes  and  Nr.  Findlay. 

1910.  Copyright  (D-10-15) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
copyright  matters  involving  Edison  and  his  companies.  Included  are  items 
pertaining  to  copyright  legislation,  film  scenarios,  and  recordings.  There  are 
also  letters  concerning  a  copyright  dispute  involving  the  title  of  the  film  In  the 
Nick  of  Time  produced  by  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected  except  for  two  copies  of  a 
typescript  entitled  "German  Law  Concerning  the  Copyright  of  Works  of 
Literature  and  Music." 


n  ft 

^  Jan.  17,  1910. 



Ur.  Horace  G.  Plimpton, 

Edison  Btudio,  Bedford  Bark,, 

Hew  York,  H.Y.  " 

Dear  Ur.  PI imp ton 

I  hand  you  herewith  letter  from  J.F. 
Cull i van  in  reference  to  a  play  called  "In  the  Hick  of 
Time".  Mr.  Culli van's  idea  is  to  warn  us  against  any  poss¬ 
ible  infringement.  I  v/ish  that  you  would  read  the  circu¬ 
lar  carefully ,  because  it  strikes  me  as  being  a  fine  sample 
of  the  1C,  20  and  30  variety  of  "meller  drararaar". 

Yours  very  truly, 



Assistant  to  Vice-President, 



f  ORANGE,  N.J. 


£^Jfuimao  CL&lbaiu  ^  10  Fifth  Avenue,  New  York  cable  ai 

Jan.  18,  191C 

Mr.  Geo.  F.  Scull,  Assist,  to  Vice-President, 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co. , 

Orange ,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Scull:- 

X  have  your  letter  of  the  17th  with  enclosures. 
Regarding  "IF  the  MICK  OF  TIKE" ,  needless  to  say,  the  coincid¬ 
ence  asAthe  names  in  this  case  was  entirely  inadvertent  on  our 
part.  I  do  not  know  how  we  could  possibly  prevent  occurrences 
of  this  kind  unless  we  have  on  hand  a  complete  list  of  copy¬ 
righted  plays,  and  I  imagine  such  a  list  would  he  extremely 

As  a  matter  of  information,  I  should  be  glad 
if  you  will  tell  me  whether  in  such  a  case  as  this  we  are 

i  read  the  enclosures  with  great  inter 
I  am  returning  them  to  you  herewith. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  , 
KinetographD^rfc.  , 


Mgr. ,  Negative  Production. 

Mr,  Horace  G.  Plimpton, 

'Edison  Studio-Bedford  Park, 

Hew  York,  il.Y. 

Dear  Mr.  Plimpton:-'. 

’'Yours  of  the  ISth  iruvt.  with  enclo¬ 
sures  is  at  hand.  Perhaps  it  is  a  commentary  on  jay  fail- 

ure  ^o  note  the  detfeiie  of  our  films,  but  when  I  sent 
you  letter  of  the  17th,  1  did  not  realize  that  we  had 
a  film  entitled  "In  the  Mick  of  Time".  It  is  probable 
that  the  advertisement  of  this  film  was  what  prompted  the 
Amusement  Company  to  notify  us  in  reference  to  their 

In  general,  there  oan  be  no  such  thing  as  a  copy¬ 
right  in  a  title  only.  This  was  decided  in  a  case  involv¬ 
ing  t'ne  novel  "Trilby",  in  which  the  complainants  attesept- 
ed  to  enjoin  not  only  the  dramatizing  of  the  novel,  but 
the  use  of  the  name  "Trilby"  as  the  title  of  the  dramatic 
composition.  Judge  Laeombe  denied  an  injunction  against 
the  mere  use  of  the  name  "Trilby"  as  a  title,  stating  that 
"it  is  the  name  in  connection  with  the  novel,  not  the 
name  alone  whioh  the  Copyright  Law  protects" . 

Kr.  Horace  G.  Plimpton. 


it  is  possible,  however,  that  we  might  be  sued 
for  unfair  competition  in  case  we  should  get  out  a  film 
with  the  same  title  as  a  play,  even  though  the  film 
story  was  entirely  different  from  that  of  the  pi r-y ,  You 
v/ill  appreciate  that  if  a  very  popular  play  were  running, 
and  another  pity  ware  written  and  used  the  name  of  the 
popular  play,  many  people  would  be  induced  to  attend  the 
performance  of  the  nev,_  play  through  the  advertising  and 
reputation  of  the  original  ploy,  and  the  original  ploy 
owners  would  be  injured  to  that  extent.  X  hardly  think, 
however,  that  such  a  suit  could  be  made  to  stick  in  £he 
case  of  the  some  title  being  used  for  a  film  as  a  pity. 

It  will  be  well  to  avoid  this,  of  course,  whereever  you 
can,  but  obviously  you  have  no  means  of  knowing  all  of 
the  plays  which  may  have  been  written  or  are  being  pro- 
duced,  ,It  is.  wholly  immaterial  whether  such  plays  ore 
copyrighted  op  not,  so  that  a  complete  list  of  the  copy- 
righted, plays  would  be  of  no  use  to  you. 

-  Yours  very  truly, 


Assistant  to  Vice-lreBident. 

June  2,  1910. 

Mr.  Dyer 

The  attached  form  for  copyright  license  appears 
correct  to  me,  though  I  note  that  while  permission  is  given 
to  use  sound  reoords  in  any  form  whatsoever,  the  royalty 
rates  are  fixed  only  for  36  cent  records  and  50  cent  records. 
It  occurred  to  me  that  v/e  may  hereafter  wish  to  list  records 
higher  than  this*  1  would  suggest  changing  the  first  part  of 
Paragraph  B  to  read: 

"The  Company  hereby  agrees  to  pay  to  the 
publisher  one  cent  royalty  on  all  records  sold  at 
35  cehts,  and  one  and  a  half  cents  royalty  on  all 
records  sold  at  more  than  35  cents." 

G.  F.  Scull. 


Your  letter,  addressed  to  the  Hon.  Philander  C.  Knox,  Secretary 
of  State,  has  hoen  referred  to  this  office  for  reply. 

The  proclamation  to  which  you  refer,  of  Oct.  31,  1892,  extending 
the  provisions  of  the  copyright  law  to  the  subjects  of  Italy,  was  followed 
by  a  proclamation  issued  on  the  9th  day  of  April,  1910,  a  copy  of  which 
is  inclosed  horewith. 

You  will'  find,  upon  reference  to  the  last  line  of  the  last  para¬ 
graph,  that  it  is  distinctly  stated  that  this  proclamation  entitles  sub¬ 
jects  of  the  countrios  named,  including  Italy,  to  all  the  benefits  of  the 
copyright  Act  of  1909,  "other  than  the  benefits  under  section  1(e)  thereof, 
as  to  which  inquiry  is  still  pending". 

If  it  should  be  found,  however,  that  the  law  of  Italy  does  give 
this  protection  to  American  citizens  in  Italy,  then  it  would  seem  possible 
that  Italy  would  have  a  right  to  claim  protection  upon  all  musical  works 
issued  in  Italy,  and  the  safe  coir  so  to  pursue  would  seem  to  be  to  seek 
the  permission  of  the  composer  for  the  privilege  of  making  machine  records. 

Inclosure : 


C.  F.  Coffin,  Esq., 
79  Fifth  Avo., 



By  tjie  President  o 

e  United  States  op  America 

A  ifruriamatum 

Whereas  it  is  provided  by  tho  Act  of  Congress  of  March  4, 1909,  entitled  “An  Act  to  nmond 
and  consolidate  the  Acts  respecting  copyright,”  that  tho  bonofits  of  said  Act,  excepting  tho  benefits 
under  section  1  (a)  thereof,  as  to  which  special  conditions  are  imposed,  shall  extend  to  the  work 
of  an  author  or  proprietor  who  is  a  citizen  or  subject  of  a  foreign  state  or  nation,  only  upon 
certain  conditions  sot  forth  in  section  8  of  said  Act,  to  wit:  1 

(«)  Whon  an  alien  author  or  proprietor  shall  bo  domiciled  within  tho  United  States  at  tho 
time  of  tho  first  publication  of  his  work;  or 

(i)  Whon  tbo  foreign  stato  or  nation  of  which  such  author  or  proprietor  is  a  citizen  or 
subject  grants,  either  by  treaty,  convention,  agreement,  or  law,  to  oitizons  of  tho  United  States 
the  benefit  of  copyright  on  substantially  tho  same  basis  as  to  its  own  citizens,  or  copyright 
protection  substantially  equal  to  tho  protection  secured  to  such  foreign  author  under  this  Act  or 
by  treaty;  or  when  such  foreign  stato  or  nation  is  a  party  to  an  international  agreement  which 
f  reClpl'°0lty  “  tho  £rantinff  of  copyright,  by  tho  terms  of  which  agreement  tho 
United  States  may,  nt  its  pleasure,  become  a  party  thereto: 

And  whereas  it  is  also  provided  by  said  section  that '“The  existence  of  tho  reciprocal 
conditions  aforesaid  shall  bo  determined  by  tho  President  of  tho  United  States,  by  proclamation 
made  from  timo  to  time  ns  the  purposes  of  this  Act  may  require”: 

And  whereas  satisfactory  ovidenco  has  been  received  that  in  Austria,  Belgium  Chile  Costa 
Rma,  Cuba,  Denmark,  Franco,  Germany,  Great  Britain  and  her  possessions,  Italy,  Mexico,  the 
Netherlands  and  possessions,  Norway,  Portugal,  Spain,  and  Switzerland  tho  law  permits  and 
sinco  duly 1, 1909,  has  permitted  to  citizens  of  the  United  States  tho  benefit  of  copyright  on 
substantially  tho  same  basis  as  to  citizens  of  those  countries: 

Now,  therefore,  I,  William  Howabd  Tabt,  President  of  tho  United  States  of  America,  do 
declare  and  proclaim  that  one  of  the  alternative  conditions  specified  in  section  8,  of  tho  Act  of 
March  4, 1909,  is  now  fulfilled,  and  sinco  July  1,  1909,  has  continuously  been  fulfilled,  in  respect 
to  tho  citizens  or  subjects  of  Austria,  Belgium,  Chile,  Costa  itica,  Cuba,  Denmark,  Franco 
Germany  Great  Britain  and  her  possessions,  Italy,  Mexico,  the  Netherlands  and  possessions! 
Norway ,  Portugal,  Spain,  and  Switzerland,  and  that  the  citizens  or  subjects  of  tho  aforementioned 
^countries  are  and  sinco  July  1, 1909,  havo  been  ontitlod  to  all  of  tho  bonofits  of  tho  said  Act  other 
than  tho  benefits  under  section  1  (<j)  thereof,  ns  to  which  the  inquiry  is  still  pending. 

3ltt  ufeuiinumil  Uljeronf,  I  have  hereunto  S( 
United  States  to  be  affixed. 

my  hand  nnd  causod  the  seal  of  tho 

Done  at  the  city  of  Washington  this  ninth  day  of  April,  in  the  year  of  our  Lord 
one  thousand  nine  hundred  and  ton,  and  of  tho  Independence  of  tho  United  States 
of  America  the  one  hundred  and  thirty-fourth. 

Tice* tuJUr 

Wm.  H.  Taft. 



Mr.  W.  H.  Miller:  l/l3/ll. 

Please  take  note  of  the  fact  that  by  a  proclamation 
just  issued  by  the  President  the  provisions  Of  the  Copyright  Act 
of  March  4,  1909,  now  apply  to  subjects  of  Germany.  In  other 
•words,  a  German  composer  now  has  the  same  right  to  protection 
as  an  American  composer. 

PLD/IV/W  F.  1.  D.  l-V/sl 

1910.  Edison,  T.A.  -  General  (D-10-16) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
a  variety  of  subjects.  Included  are  documents  that  deal  with  more  than  one 
subject  or  that  do  not  fall  under  the  main  subject  categories  in  the  Document 
File.  Among  the  items  for  1910  are  general  expense  reports  for  the  Edison 
companies;  minutes  of  the  companies'  centralized  Manufacturing  Committee; 
and  a  five-page  report  sent  to  Edison  while  he  was  vacationing  in  Fort  Myers, 
Florida.  One  letter  acknowledges  Edison's  donation  toward  the  erection  of 
a  statue  honoring  the  French  author,  the  Comte  de  Villiers  de  I'lsle-Adam. 
Another  suggests  a  meeting  between  Edison  and  Wilbur  Wright.  There  is 
also  a  letter  from  Edison's  sister-in-law,  Alice  Stilwell  Holzer,  announcing  the 
death  of  her  husband,  William  Holzer.  In  addition,  there  are  items  pertaining 
to  Edison's  interest  in  a  hearing  aid  called  the  "acousticon"  and  documents 
relating  to  his  attendance  at  the  convention  of  the  Association  of  Edison 
Illuminating  Companies.  Among  the  correspondents  are  Booker  T. 
Washington,  Hudson  Maxim,  and  Charles  M.  Schwab.  There  are  also  letters 
from  longtime  Edison  associates,  including  Herman  E.  Dick,  William  K.  L. 
Dickson,  William  J.  Hammer,  Edward  H.  Johnson,  Thomas  C.  Martin,  James 
Ricalton,  and  Charles  P.  Steinmetz. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 

organisation,  we  wound  esteem  it  a  very- 
great  honor  if  you  could  he  here  to  attend 
the  banquet.  I  think  it  would  he  gratify¬ 
ing  to  you  to  see  the  class  of  men  who  are 
engaged  in  this  business,  and  I  believe 
you  would  have  a  good  time. 

In  order  to  make  seating  arrangements 
I  shall  be  very  thankful  if,  as  soon  as 
you  have  reached  your  decision,  you  would 
telegraph  me.  As  you  may  know,  it  is  really 
only  a  night's  ride  from  Hew  York  to  Chicago. 

Trusting  we' may  have  the  honor  of  your 
presence,  I  remain, 

Very  truly  yours, 

Llewellyn  Park, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

II.M.BYLi.Ksnv  &  Comivujy, 


dear  Mr.  Rdii 
/J  I  am  sending 

_  you  herewith  f ormaluinvi- 
ion  to  the  convention  of  employes  c/f 
ourselves  and  our  affiliated  companies.  V/e 
have  grown  to  be  a  large  organization,  and 
our  operations  are  spread  through  the  middle 
west,  the  south  and  the  Pacific  Coast,  and 
we  find  it  a  necessity  to  get  our  men  to¬ 
gether  periodically  to  exchange  views  and 
generally  further  the  interests  which  we 
endeavor  to  serve. 

He  close  with  a  banquet  at  the  Audit¬ 
orium  Annex  on  Friday  evening  January  7th. 
There  will  be  a  number  of  prominent  gentle¬ 
men  present  -  Major-General  ¥.  I>.  Grant, 
Charles  G.  Hawes,  now  President  of  one  of 
the  large  banking  institutions  of  this 
city,  formerly  Comptroller  of  the  Currency, 
and  a  man  very  largely  interested  in  gas 
and  electric  companies  throughout  the 
country,  C.  A.  Coffin,  Samuel  Insull,  A.  J. 
Karling,  President  of  the  Chicago,  Milwaukee 
&  St.  Paul  Railroad,  and  a  number  of  others. 

As  we  are  all  engaged  in  the  business, 
which  in  the  broadest  sense  of  the  word, 
you  founded,  speaking  for  myself  and  our 


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Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

January  3rd,  1910. 

For  a  long  time  I  have  had 
dreams  of  going  to  Chicago  with  you.  She 
opportunity  now  presents  itself.  Hr.  E.  H. 
Byllesby  is  to  give  a  notable  dinner  on 
Friday  the  Seventh  instant.  1  am  going 
out  on  the  Twentieth  Century  limited  on 
Thursday  in  order  to  be  present.  X!q  shall 
meet  many  of  our  old  friends  and  some  new. 
Cannot  you  accompany  me? 

If  it  is  impossible  for  you  to 
do  so,  a  telegram  or  a  letter  from  you 
would  be  received  with  great  satisfaction 
and  pleasure  by  Hr.  Byllesby.  but  do  try 
and  go.  Please  have  one- of  your  boys 
telegraph  me  on  receipt  of  this. 


Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

•  '  Orange,  E.J, 

Cordially  ^ouys, 


him  I  mentioned  the  ate  rage  of  power  from  windmills  4u  iuw  .ana  iu>  Said  hu 
uud  coon  unwed  wo  ouy  t v. ..  Aj;or  ic uh  pavuiibs  for  Ilia  BosaiiuUiv-.,  dynamo  thaw  Lum 
2»<i3  .tram  lighting  on  ilio  .continent  such  a  great  success .  .  It  is  equally  g^od 
for  wne  windmill  ..rcbiem . and  Le  is  la.: in;'  It  up  with  my  for  that  purpose.  Is 
is  the  only  thing  I  had  no t  'arranged  for  before  leaving  to  unable  that  test 
to  begin  and  had  not  boon  able  to  find  just  the  niohinc. I  wished  for  this  work. 
Hope  to  be  able  to  gat  amacfeino  s«nt  over  from  this'  side  and  If.  that  can  bo 
arranged  shall  get  it  in  placo  ah  neon  as. I  a. rive. 

Mr.  Bote  ford  Mentioned  a  Be’/enoratiag  primary  battery,  that  has 
boon  developed  in  Budapest  and  told  mo.  to  Bo-a  it  if  possible  and  it  looks  now 
no  if  I  should  go  to  Budapest  and  if  so  shill .be .pleased  to  is  and 
will  advise  you  if  you  bo  wish. 

Spent  quite  a  little  time  with  Mr.  2o  is  ford  and  ,ro  visited 
the  installations  of  the  train  lighting  that  they  have  on  so  many  of  the 
largest  railroad  systems  horo  and  they  certainly  Lave  the  supply  and  regulation 
oi  eiocvric  lighting  from  the  .car  aaer  down  to  a  very  eiupiw  and  cumpuo  t 
dovico.  All  that  they  have  will  apply  to  the  windmill  problem  and  have  procur'd 
a  large  .amount  of  data  from  . them.  They  wore .interested  in  the  ww  battery 
and  if  you  care  to  solid  they  any  new  ill  forma  lion .  I  know  it  will  be  groatfuily 
received.  They  are  using  lead  colls  at  present. 

In  case  you  c are  to  sent  any  dwsepritivo  matter  if  it  is  sent 
To  the  des  ell  sc  ha  ft  fur  lilektrische  Hugh el auditing  iu,b.  H.  Luis  on  Straaso  36 
attention  ftr.  M.  imttner  it  will  reach  the  right  mad. gl ease  mention  my  name. 

In  ease. you  should  wish  to  communicate  with  mo  or  Mr. 
Botsforri  in  relation  to  any  of  tliosu  matters  you  can  •address  me  at  6  Princes  St 
London  E.  C.  %  Chaplin  Milne.. Grenfell  -Co.  as  I  plan  to  return  that  way  and 
shall  be  phero .about  the  20  of  ihi3  month. 

With  kind  regards, I  rtmaiu. 

Dear  Sir, 


rours , 


T1?LE  PHONES  |  2,85  1,AanlBON 

Hr.  Thoinas  A.  Edison, 

Honorary  Member  G.  E.  Outing  Club, 

Llewellyn  Park,  V/est  Orange, IT.  J. 

Lear  Sir: 

It  becomes  the  sad  duty  of  the  writer  to  inform 
you  of  the  death  on  Dec.  31,  1909  in  Bermuda,  of  our 
highly  honored  and  esteemed  fellov/  member, 

Mr.  John  Trumbull  Marshall. 

Very  respectfully  yours, 

Secretary  ^ 

G.  E.  Outing  Club, 

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Ur.  C-.  A.  Keister, 

Assistant  -  ,  Secretary, 

Laboratory  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Orange ,  II.  J. 


four  o'clock  the  same  day. 

This  is  about  all  we  have  in  the  way  of  detail  at  the 
present  time. 

I  believe  that  in  addition  to  his  heart  trouble 
Mr.  Marshall  was  suffering  from  frights  desease. 

Memorial  service  is  to  be  heldin  the  Presbyterian 
Church  at  Miuchen,  Hew  Jersey,  this  coming  Sunday  Evening 
at  8:00  o'clock.  Many  of  the  heads  of  the  Departments 
and  Officers  of  our  Company  are  expecting  to  attend  these 

Any  additional  information  that  I  can  give  I  will  be 
very  glad  to  furnish. 

Yours  very  truly, 

G.  E.  Outing  Club. 


I  beg  now  to  ml  vino  you  also,  an  a  member  of  the  dinner  oom- 
mittee  of  the  Institute,  that  it  has  been  arranged  to  give  the  Annual 
Dinner  on  February  34  at  the  Hotel  Astnr,  probably  in  the  now  g-and  ball¬ 
room.  Prof,  filihu  Thomson  is  to  bo  the  Ouest  of  Honor  in  recognition 
of  the  award  of  the  Edison  Medal  to  him,  and  I  think  we  shall  have  an 
admirable  function. 

I  bog  to  say,  on  behalf  of  the  Institute  offioora  and  the  Dinner 
Committee,  that  wo  should  be  delighted  if  you  could  be  with  us;  but  I  have 
understood  from  Mrs*  Edison  that  you  are  going  south  on  February  1st.  In 
this  event  we  shall  bo  glad  if  you  can  let  us  have  for  that  occasion  some¬ 
thing  nice  and  appropriate  in  the  way  of  a  dispatch  to  Thompson  and  the  In¬ 
stitute,  and  if  I  can  be  of  any  use  to  you  in  this  connection  please  call 

Since  I  was  at  your  house  I  ha  -e  looked  up  the  Bailey  automobile, 
as  you  suggested,  and  am  very  much  struck  with  the  general  excellence  of 
the  latest  typos.  What  pleases  me  more  particularly  is  to  find  the  motors 
wound  for  low  voltage,  so  that  the  Edison  battery  gets  a  fair  show, 

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Menlo  Park,  M.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  understand,  right  ly'-W  wrongly,  that  you  are  giving 
attention  to  the  subject  of  automatic  vending,  and  that  you 
are  constructing  a  machine  for  dispensing  coal;  and  furthermore 
that  you  have  in  contemplation  the  automatic  selling  of  vegetables. 

We  have  been  in  the  automatic  vending  business  for 
the  past  15  years,  during  which  time  we  hade  had  opportunity 
to  make  observations  and  collect  data  which  may  be  useful  to 

We  are  convinced  that  automatic  vending  will  prove 
a  boon  to  humanity  and  we  feel  greatly  encouraged  whenever 
we  learn  that  our  belief  is  shared  by  men  of  ability. 

If  we  can  be  of  any  service  to  you,  we  shall  be  glad  to  answer 
any  questions  as  to  our  experience,  etc. 

Yours  respectfully 


[JANUARY  24,  1910] 


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WASHINGTON.  D.  c.  Jan,  27th,  1910, 

Ur.  Thos.  A,  Edii 
Orange,  N.  . 
Dear  Mr,  3dison; 

received  your  letter  of  Dec,  29th  and  want  t'o  thank  youj;for,  V,. 


it  costs  us  $6.00  per  ton  to  „  L- 
„  -cJL^u  odr  CL&  ^Cl  rfllLti 

,the  additional  50c  represents.  J  _ 

your  encouragement  of  my  idea, 
land  coal  at  homes  of  our  members 
an  8  1/4$  profit  on  which 
business.  With  an  output  of  about 
bers,  we  have  just  about  paid  expen! 

conducting  the  local  end  o£~the 

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'ouf  1300  tons  to  dac.e.  to'  200  mem-  »  /) 

4  0-«-M  14  i.B'*  lies/  /<v  ll.  1 1M.L-' 

-  ‘W3.  sPliis  portends  v/ell  if  we 

can  increase  membership  materially.  jt-lu/J*)  O'  j 

Sine,  wrlllne  you  I  „„  o&tyuZjfcM oFjptSS&T/C  1 

again  and  am  greatly  interested  in  the!  cement  house  diseription^and  ^ 
what  it  seems  to  mean  for  the  future,^]  2£  ‘  er><" 

1  telieve  I  could  organize  such  a  combination  as  you  dtferibe ’ 
to  take  up  the  building  of  these  houses,  and  if  you  are  considering 
Placing  exclusive  territory  to  companies  who  will  buy  the  molds,  I 
would  like  an  option  for  a  certain  time  in  which  to  organize,  for 
the  District  of  Columbia  and  say  a  radius  of  five  miles  outside. 

This  of  course  may  be  premature,  but  I  take  the  liberty  of 
requesting  your  consideration  in  the  matter. 

Again  thanking  you  for  your  letter  I  am 

Yours  very  tj 

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Colored  Young  Men  and  Women 
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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  have,  with  Mrs.  Eels, lately  cot4 

here  on  one  of  our  usual  visits  to  America,  l _ _  _ 

you  may  remember,  I  spend  much  of  my  time./x I  have  t 
rather  odd  favor  to  ask  of  you. 

corip  aero 
>a.  Where, 

Mrs.  Fels  and  I  are  greatly  interested  in 
a  young  violinist,  a  Russian,  Efrem  Zimbalist,  a  young- 
lad  who  is  destined  to  be  a  famous  man.  Zimbalist  is 
one  of  our  family  whenever  he  is  in  London. 

Just  before  we  sailed  from  the  other  side, 
the  boy  begged  us  to  get  from  you  the  largest  photograph 
you  have  had  taken  and  to  ask  to  do  him  the  great  favor 
to  inscribe  the  photograph  to  him  from  yourself. 

Ever  since  we  have  known  him  he  has  been  want¬ 
ing  that  photograph.  If  you  have  not  a  large  one  at  the 
moment,  let  me  know  where  I  may  get  one,  and  I  will  send 
it  to  you  for  the  inscription. 

Mrs.  Eels  and  I  wish  very  much  to  take  the 
boy  what  he  wants. 

Believe  me, 

Ur.  H.  F.  Miller,  Soc’y., 

Thos.  A.  Edison,  Eoq., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

I  duly  received  your  favor  9th  instant 
referring  to  mine  of  the  day  before,  in  which  X  aakod 
for  Mr.  Edison’s  photograph  in  duplicate,  and  note, 
from  what  you  write  me,  that  he  is  in  Florida  and  will 
not  be  back  before  the  middle  of  April.  Before  then 
I  will  return  to  England  and  I  write  to  ask  you  to  very 
kindly  call  Mr.  Edison* b  attention  to  the  matter,  when 
ho  gets  back,  and  see  that  hia  pictures  are  sent  me. 

It  is  a  sentiment  on  my  part,  to  be  sure,  and  yet  Mr. 
Edison  is  thought  a  great  deal  of  on  the  other  side. 
Believe  me. 

Very  truly  youri 

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Port  Myers,  Florida £ 

Following  are  the  .reports 
of  experiments,  finished,  or  in  the  course 
of  completion,  under  rty  supervision. 

Business  Phonograph. 

JfbW  style  top  plate  to 

accomodate  the’ pneumatic  foot  trip,  finished; 

J&yyud.  two  over  to  Mr.  Weber  ready  to  manufacture.  . 

A  device  to  throw  off  the  electric  current 
switch  when  Closing  the  cover  of  phonograph. 

Am  making  up  si*  more  for  testing  purposes* 
working  on  a  ndw  style  of  recorder,  one  model 
finished,  and  results  so  far  obtained  are 
very ^satisfactory;  in  faot,  far  superior  to 
any  thing  We  have  had.  The  sapphire  atm  is  of 
a  much  stronger  construction,  and  so  arranged 
that  a  possessor  of  this  recorder  can  take 
out  old  diaphragm  and  replace  by  new  one, 
without  sending  the  recorder  back  to  the 
factory.  This  arm  also  makes  a  better  holder 
for  the  sapphire. 

Changed  the  binding  posts  on  top 
of  top  plates  and  bit  resistance*,  arranged  them 
so  that  it  is  impossible  to  get  a  shock  or 
Short  circuit  it,  and  to  accomodate  our  fiat 
or  round  tip#  Am  making  up  a  complete  model 
*6*  phonograph,  showing  ail  the  changes  that 
were  made  within  the  last  six  months.  Wade  a 
test  «X  different  lubricant#,  to  be  used  on 
pneumatic-  foot  trip  and  found  and  recommended 
that  twenty  per  ceftt  of  deflocculated  graphite 
and  eighty  per  cent  of  White  vaseline  fulfilled 
all  the  conditions.  This  lubricant  is  now 
being  put  in  all  our  pneumatic  foot  trips* . 

Made  a  test  and  comparison  between 
ours  and  dther  competitors  hearing  tubes  and 
find  that . our  hearing  tubes  are  far  superior 


-  2  - 

to  anythin*  on  the  market.  Tested  and  am 
now  making  drawings  for  a  new  way-rail  for 
hearing  tubee  for  school  outfit.  This  rubber 
way- rail  will  supercede  our  present  metallic 
way-rail,  thereby  making  a  much  cheaper  and 
better  one. 

Working  on  a  device  that  will  do 
away  with  our  present  horn  crane.  This  device 
will  carry  the  horn  and  is  attached  to  the 
reproducer  arm. 

Schemed  out  a  cabinet  for  the 
shaving  machine,  and  alBo  one  for  the  business 
phonograph;  and  just  aB  soon  as  our  other 
steel  cabinets ,  that  are  now  being  made,  are 
finished,  will  have  these  made  up-.  I  think 
they  will  cost  about  $1.10  apiece.  An  outside 
manufacturer  of  this , cabinet  thought  it  would 
cost  about  $3.50  or  $4.00  apiece  to  make  them. 
One  model  of  Universal  shaving  machine  finished, 
but  will  make  a  few  changes,  thereby  bringing 
the  cost  down  to  our  present  Bhaving  machine, 
but  having  a  mu*  better  outfit. 

3  - 


Drawings  for  the  Caustic 
Soda  grinding  machine  finished.  Castings, 
are  now  being  machined  by  Mr.  Bachman  and 
the  phonograph  works  tool  room.  Platform 
for  the  above  machine  is  being  made  by  an 
outside  concern.  ■ 

Drawings  for  the  new  style 
Record  Moulding  machine  drums  finished. 
Patterns  gone  to  the  foundry.  Some  steel  rings 
were  case  hardened  by  the  American  Gas. Furnace 
Company  at  a  cost  of  $6.00  apiece,  but  we  now 
have  a  manufacturer  who  will  case  harden  them 
for  us  at  a  cost  of  49  cents  apiece.  Will  Bend 
sixty  rings  to  them  this  weeh  to  be  case 

One  model  of  the  Metal  Record 
Cabinet  will  be  finished  by  Mr.  Bachman  this 
week,  and  will  Bend  you  photograph  of  same, 
but  I  have  three  other  types  to  be  gone  on 

Phonograph  Klnetosoope . 

Drawing  for  the  ten  and 
one  half  Inch  and  twelve  and  one  half  Inch 
masters  mould  and  plate,  finished.  The  ten 
and  one  half  inch  moulds  were  machined  and 
finished  hy  Mr.  Bachman  and  turned  over  to 
Mr.  Aitken-  The  twelve  and  one  half  inch 
castings  and  plates  are  in  the  works  at  present. 

Master  copper  plating  and  nickel 
plating  machine  drawings  and  patterns  finished# 
Castings  are  now  being  machined  by  Mr.  John 

Apparatus  for  mixing  the  dope 
necessary  in  the  manufacture  of  records, 
drawings  finished,  and  blue-prints  sent  out 
for  estimates.  Am  at  present  designing  a 
recording  and  shaving  machine.  Am  designing 
a  gold  plating  machine.  Designed  a  couple 
different  styles  of  Spring  Motors.  Drawings 
for  patterns  sent  to. pattern  department,  some 
of  the  parts  are  now  being  machined  in  shop. 

Will  start  on  Horns  and  Reproducers 
next  week.  Designed  a  cooling  table,  necessary 
to  manufacture  the  phonograph  kinetoscope 
record.  (Have  schemed  out" the  rtTflF  ' 

"to  make  both  metal  rings.  Schemed  out  machine 
for  making  the  inner  paper  ring.  Will  be  able 
to  make  drawings  of  the  above  in  a  very  short 
time.  - - - - - 1 - .. 

Will  start  to  make  drawings  for 
/  automatic  machines  for  making  the  paper  tubes, 
probably  the  end  of  next  week. 

SdiBon-leligid  Battery.. 

.  ...  _  Changed  the  wing  nuts 

holding  elemente  bo  that  it  la  possible  to 
put  in  a  jumper  without  any  inconvenience. 

Am  at  preeent  designing  an  element  that  can 
be  put  in  our  competitors  cells.  Am  enclosing 
a  free  hand  eke  toil  of  one  of  the  schemes 
for  holding  the  new  style  perforated  steel- 
copper  oxide  basket,  using  a  wire  frame  to 
support  same;  but. I  have  six  other  schemes 
that  I  will  go  ahead  with,  juet  ae  soon  as  we 
receive  our  material  that  is  now  on  order. 

Yours  very  truly, 

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the  Chronicle  at  the  tine.  Yon  suggested  that  the  chemical  qualities 
of  sagebrush  l-c  investigated.  I  published  the  interview  and  finally 
the  chemist 3  have  become  busy. 

I  enclose  some  fun  which  the  Hews  poked  at  me  and  also  where  they 
make  the  amend  honorable.  Thinking  it  might  interest  you  I  enclose 
them.  My  brother  is  tho  Editor  of  Munsays  Magas ine.  Bob  Davis. 

He  suggested  that  I  send  you  the  clippings.  I  know  Louis  Glass  and 
am  still  a  close  friend  of  his  .dispite  his  troubles.Ke  did  not  squeal 
on  men  higher  up  and  they  snerifised  hira.He  is  still  to  game  to  squeal 
and  has  been  granted  n  new  trial. 

I  have  fuller  reports  regarding  tho  sagebrush  distillation  and  am 
trying  to  float  a  Co.  Possibly  you  might  recommend  some  one  who  might 

like  td  investigate  it.  ( _ 

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April  15th,  1910. 

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a  novel  nnnner.  I  cannot  help  hut  thin!:  we! 
tion,  and  so  do  several  exports  in  this  line 
have  roporte"  upon  it . 

the  pov/^r~BO  secured  ij^re 
counter- electromotive  fore* 

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It  is  claimed  to  effect  an  economy  of  EJVjj  in  tho  hat- 
tori'  current  used,  where  traffic  is  congested,  on  road  vehicles 
and  morn  on  street  cars . 

Tho  inventor  also  has  for  use  with  this  apparatus  a 
system  of  regenerative  control  superior  to  the  Vendrine  and  a 
system  of  chain  driving  which  seams  most  excellent,  and  as  far 


W^K-L .  DlGKSO  N , 




LON  DON,  W. 

I  have  seen  let  to  its  both  from  B&rgmann  and  the  Ameri- 
oun  General  Electric  Go.,  offering  to  take  up  these  Indent ions 
hut  if  yon  can  yet  ahead  of  then,  the  price  will  he  lower. 

I  believe  tho  natter  is  of  so  much  i nportnnce  that 
yon  ought  to  ileal  with  it  first  hand,  and  1  take  the  liberty  of 
suggesting  that  yon  have  me  send  the  inventor  over  to  show  you 
the  details.  I  can  yet  an  option  for  six  months  to  purchase 
tho  invention  on  royalty,  or  for  cash  as  you  may  arrange,  if 
found  satisfactory.  He  asks  £150^ this  to  include  his  time  and 
expenses  to  Hew  York . 

If  you  will  wire  mo  I  will  get  the  papers  all  right 
if  yon  provide  the  funds  for  them. 

I  an  delighted  to  know  that  you  have  completed  your 
great  work  so  successfully,  and  I  have  only  called  your  attention 
to  this  matter  as  it  looks  good  enough  to  merit  your  careful 
consideration  and  also  because  I  think  it  a  distinct  advance 
over  anything  I  have  seen  on  this  side. 

Should  you  oahlo  me  "Arrange  with  Marks"  I  shall  under¬ 
stand  that  I  am  to  give  him  a  properly  executed  option  and  send 
the  inventor  over,  showing  Marks  a  copy  of  this  letter  in  con- 


V/ith  kindest  regards. 
Yours  sincerely, 

*  Aut  omat s  , 

Jaeger  Automatic 
Machine  Company 

Philadelphia,  Pa.,  U.  S.  A.  ^  yyr 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

.. — . . 

Orange,  N. J.  '  "  -Wr-fi  -  ‘  ‘ 

Dear  Sirs-  '  ]  ^  ^  /C  .o~  *  ^ 

Under  date  of  January  24th  last  we  wrote  you  concerning 
automatic  selling  of  coal  and  vegetables.  Your  answer  dated  January  26th 
arranged  for  an  interview  on  this  matter  and  we  came  over  to  see  you  on 
January  27th. 

The  sections  for  selling  the  articles  you  mentioned  could 
be  constructed,  we  believe,  well  within  $200  per  section,  but  we  would 
suggest  *200  as  a  safe  basis  to  figure  on,  especially  in  the  beginning. 
Much  depends  on  the  finish,  which  we  suppose  is  not  to  be  elaborate. 

As  we  understand  there  are  to  be  8  or  9  sections,  the  total  cost  for 
equipment  would  be  from  $1500  to  $2000,  but  it  is  not  likely  that  the 
cost  would  be  anywhere  near  $2000  after  the  first  equipment  had  been 
installed  and  the  whole  proposition  became  a  regular  manufacturing  one. 

Arrangements  could  be  made  to  have  the  automat  built  under 
your  constant  supervision  both  as  to  mechanical  details  and  actual  cost 
of  material  and  labor.  With  the  actual,  vouched  for,  costs  before 
you,  with  an  addition  of  33-1/3#  for  overhead  charges,  and,  on  that, 

15#  for  contingencies  and  profit,  the  cost  of  the  equipment  would  be 
in  your  control.  we  think  the  percentages  for  overhead,  contingencies 
and  profit  are  quite  reasonable. 

2-  • 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Orange,  W.J. 

The  question  of  patent  rights  we  would  endeavor  to  handle  in 
such  a  way  that  no  complications  could  or  would  arise.  This  matter 
requires  careful  attention  and  we  are  willing  to  act  on  the  defensive 
with  you  against  such  trouble.  We  see  no  such  trouble  ahead,  but  will 
prepare  for  it,  nevertheless. 

We  are  at  your  service  at  all  times  for  the  further  discussion 
of  this  subject. 

Yours  very  truly 


Diet.  AHj/EPK. 

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My  dear  Mr.  Edison:-  /' 

Mr.  John  Y/anomaker  desiras  me  to  present  his 
compliments  and  to  say  that  he  would  he  delighted  to  have  you 
call  at  any  time,  either  in  this  city  or  in  New  York. 

As  I  wrote  you,  he  spends  only  one  day  each 
week  (?tonday)  at  the  Philadelphia  store,  and  five  days  at  the 
New  York  establishment. 

If  you  find  it  more  convenient  to  call  over 
there  sometime  when  you  are  in  that  city,  by  all  means  do  so. 
But  whatever  may  suit  your  convenience  to  do,  please  do  not  let 
it  deprive  us  of  the  pleasure  of  a  visit  from  you  sometime  when 
you  are  in  Philadelphia. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

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"Bee  ohhurs  t" , 

Whitestone,  N.  Y, ,  May  4th  Cj  (g|0> 

I  take  the  liberty  of  enclosing  you  a  descriptive 
circular  setting  forth  many  of  the  princiinsl  features  of  my  forth¬ 
coming  book  -  "Fifty  Years  in  Theatrical  Management".  I  am  writing 
a  little  story  of  our  first  meeting  in  the jarly  60* s  when  you.  were 
in  the  Western  Union  office  in  State  Street^aWcTI  at  the  time -beginn¬ 
ing  my  active  career  as  a  manager, which  in  4fter  years  is  history, 
as  far  as  mammoth  theatrical  plunging  is  concerned.  I  alsp  remember 
our  meeting  in  the  Drug  store  opposite  the  Grand  Central  station, 
which  must  have  been  twenty  years  or  more  after  our  first/meeting. 

Do  you  remember  the  incident  .’when  we  recognized  each  oth/r,  When  I 
said  to  you  that  I  had  watched  your  career,  you, in  reply,  reiterated 
the  same, that  you  had  watched  mine.  I  have  written  u#  quite  a  very 
interesting  sketch  of  the  abov^  and  of  yourself,  of  y/ur  wonderful 
and  remarkable  career,  so  I  would  kindlyvaak  you  to  jfavor  me  with 
your  photograph  and  a  little  biographical  data  of  y/Surself.  I  am 
receiving  the  same  from  many  of  the  celebrities  inland  out  of  the 
profession  from  all  parts  of  the  world  and  I  can  .truthfully  assert 
that  my  book  will  be  the  most  interesting  and  complete  of  any  ever 
issued  of  the  amusement  world  during  the  half  century  that  I  was  so 
actively  engaged  therein,  and  I  am  pleased  to/have  the  opportunity 
to  add  your  good  self  among  the  list.  / 

I  trust  you  will  comply  with  my  wishes  and  forward 
the  data  as  desired  at  your  earliest  convenience. 

Hoping  this  will  find'' you  in  the  best,  of  health 
and  with  my  kind  regards  and  best  wishes. 

Very  truly  yours. 




By  M.  B.  LEAVITT 

A  t  ohmic  of  history,  reminiscence  and  anecdote,  comprising  some  400  pages,  with  aliont  200 

I  it  lixperiences,  impressions  ai  l|c.soi  I  opimons  V  ,1  of  interest  and 

11 L  1  11  I  ofL  s  I  H  c  ,  1 1 1  I  tlientic  1  story  and  biography.  A 

delightful  storehouse  of  stage  memories.  1’iquantly  expressed  reflections  of  old  and 
ne  \  triends  All  subjects  treated  intelligently,  faithfully  and  fearlessly,  l'raise 
not  governed  by  partiality  or  censure  by  pique.  Personal  character  depicted  truthfully, 
credit  a" aided  and  criticism  just.  Brief  biographies  of  the  men  of  the  hour  The 

iih  sh’pZl  n°‘  T-'L‘at  "em’“  l°  histo,!,,ns’  interesting,  important  and  finely 
illnsti.ited  publication,  covering  all  branches  of  the  amusement  world. 

„„  JjT  Sil‘:  ,  1,Sl,0,;!ly  isS"C  ?  Voh,me  ol‘ somc  400  P!*«es,  illustrated  with  about  200 

caietullj  executed  hall  tone  portraits  of  notable  men  and  women  with  many  of  whom  I 

r=^“"-T  "l  Vi"10US  t""eS  duri,,S  "V  lmlf  century  of  theatrical  management, 

I I  1  1  1  )’  e  1  tl  tic  lose  t  l  ,’orld  not  alone  covered  the  span 

t ?rt  l,fet"”c>  but  ™  «ith  the  largest  activities,  and  I  believe  my  book  will 
to  trcid  UP°n  IS  111  lnt""ate  llSlOI'y  of  thc  theatre  ‘luring  the  time  of  which  it  is  proposed 

This  publication  will  be  called  “Fifty  Years  in  Theatrical  Management,”  and  its 
the  toUd  collecdo!""0  *  g''the''e<1  through  the  following  headings,  chosen  at  random  from 

scale 11  Fiff.  "nd  T"'  *1“  °!  °'‘iginil1  ^“P  of  '‘lanagers  on  .  i  ,th 

scale  Inst  to  systematize  the  business,  and  on  a  commercial  basis.— The  beginning  of 
he  theatrical  circuit  system  in  America,  and  how  and  by  whom  it  was  developed  -How 
trom'wh  H  PT"1  1’l,“triC"1  ^n,l,'“le  lcarne<1  tlle  ^stem  of  centra  I  iiation,  and 
,t  l  T'T  T  ,gK,  11  "1,,ge,s  °r  to(li,-V  l)egi,n- — -The  precise  history  of  the  revo¬ 

lution  ,n  theatricals  and  what  it  has  produced.— How  the  Independent  movement  started 
and  where  ,t  stands.-Review  of  the  booking  system  of  other  days  as  compared  with  present 


methods. — Which  ol  these  may  l>e  regarded  as  most  heuefieial  to  producing  managers  and 
public.' — A  lifetime  devoted  to  the  amusement  business. — The  difference  between  so- 
called  managers  and  showmen. — A  critical  analysis  ol  managers  and  management  today. — 
Why  managers  seek  to  overreach  one  another.— When  the  three  Frohmnn  brothers,  Daniel, 
Charles  and  Gustave,  first  entered  theatrical  management.— Who  is  the  Captain  General  of 
the  show  world  today? — The  great  and  nearly  great  of  the  past  and  present,  and  their 
business  methods.— The  commercialism  of  the  theatre  at  the  present  time—' Theatrical 
tricks  exposed  and  honorable  methods  endorsed.— How  competition  was  stifled  and  monop¬ 
oly  built  up.— The  original  purpose  of  the  Theatrical  Syndicate  and  the  change  ol'  policy. 
-He  oiB,  ,hn  I  n  °  th  of  Klav  &  Erlangc.  -Nixon  &  Zimmerman’s  alliance 
wdh  the  Syndicate.  How  the  Shnl.ert  hoys,  Lee  and  J.  J.,  attained  their  present  high  posi¬ 
tion— The  Theatrical  and  Independent  Syndicates  analysed— Is  the  show  business'  as  well 
conducted  today  as  formerly  ?— The  “live  and  let  live”  principle  of  the  past— The  man¬ 
agers  who  received  their  first  theatrical  training  in  the  “  Leavitt  School.”— Famous  men 
and  women  who  rose  to  fame  through  the  author’s  efforts— The  pioneer  in  all  new  fields 
ol  amusement— Successful  stars  and  attractions  of  the  “palmy  days.”— Establishin 

,,,,  .  '  .  , - :  uienmcai  mismess— l.  lie  i\ew 

I  fica tie,  its  aims  and  ])ossihihties— George  C.  Tyler’s  remarkable  career— The 
long  and  useful  life  of  William  Harris,  who  is  unchanged  by  success— How  Cohan  & 
Harris  have  become  a  factor  in  the  modern  show  world— Felix  Isman’s  rise  from  a  small 
beginning  in  real  estate  to  a  great  power  in  theatricals— Where  Denman  Thompson 
acquired  Joshua  Whitcomb.”— The  theatrical  clubs  of  New  York  and  London— 
The  younger  managers  who  are  making  theatrical  history— Henry  B.  Harris  among  the 
most  prolific  producers— Daniel  Frolunan  the  legitimate  successor  in  art  to  Augustin 
Daly.  —  Male  and  female  “  headliners  ”  of  Musical  Comedy  and  Vaudeville. 
American  and  European  favorites  of  grand  opera. —Leading  male  and  female 
Dramatic  stars  of  the  American  and  English  stage— The  early  traveling  shows  and 
managers  of  the  50s  and  ’60s. — Personal  observations  of  notable  foreign  managers,  such 
as  Sir  Charles  Wvndham,  George  Edwardes,  Oswald  Stoll,  Alfred  11101,  Arthur  Collins 
icorge  Alexander,  Frank  Curzon,  W.  W.  Kelly,  etc— A  comparison  of  the  theatres  of  New 
1  ork  and  London.  1  he  personalities  of  the  dramatic  and  musical  critics  of  England 
and  America.  I  lie  actor-managers  of  America  and  England,. 

The  financial  aid  rendered  by  Henry  F.  Gillig  to  Americans  in  London— Intimate 
anecdotes  concerning  George  W  Lederer,  Marcus  11.  Mayer,  Charles  Burnham,  David 
Belasco,  Harrison  Grey  I- iske  Wmgenhals  &  Kemper,  Hyde  &,  Brooks  & 
I), cl,  son,  Ilarngan  &  Iart,  J  II  Ilaverly,  Tony  Pastor,  Henry  C.  Miner,  Frank  McKee,  A.  Leuscher  Henry  B  Harris,  John  Ringling,  W.  W.  Cole,  Oscar  Ilammerstein, 
Max  Andeison,  C.  B.  Dillingham,  Percy  W  illiams,  W’cber  &  Fields,  Henry  Greenwall 
George  C  lyler  Gustave  Lnders,  Stair  &  Havlin,  Hudson  &  Judah,  A.  W.  Dingwall,’ 

Miti  ;Vl  ra|?’  p  (  - 'Vh‘try’  Thom“  W-  Will  J.  Davis,  Edward  E.  ttice, 

M.tteiithal  Bros  1-reder.c  1  hompson,  L.  M.  Crawford,  John  Cort,  J.  J.  Gottlob, 

,  .  '  .  S’  ™'1  scores  ot  °tlle,s  >»et  during  the  worldwide  travelings  of  the  author 

Prominent  players  in  lighter  vein  who  had  their  first  sta 
mg  Marie  Halton,  Louise  Montague,  Anne  Sutherland,  Emin 
llioinas,  Pauline  Hall,  May  Howard,  Leonora  Bradley 
Emmett,  May  Ten  Broeck,  Anna  Caldwell,  Louise  Iloyee 

rt  from  the  writer,  includ- 
a  Cams,  Anna  Boyd,  Hilda 
Bessie  Cleveland,  Katie 
Louise  Allen,  Hattie  Grin- 


noil,  Mabel  Santley,  etc.,  ole. — The  final  tours  of  Mile.  Ainiee,  Maggie  Mitchell,  Mrs. 

..  A\  illiam  J.  Florence,  ami  Margaret  Mather,  which  were  under  the  management  of  the 
author. — Ilis  last  meeting  with  Lydia  Thompson  and  Selina  Dolaro. — When  tV.  S.  Stratton, 
the  discoverer  of  the  famous  independence  gold  mine,  was  n  stage  carpenter. — When 
A.  S.  Trade,  Chicago’s  leading  criminal  lawyer,  was  in  the  show  business  with  the  author. 
— -Mow  the  author  “discovered”  Yvette  (iuilhert. — The  laic  John  W.  Mackay’s  solitude 
on  the  ocean  liners.— When  the  late  James  (J.  Blaine,  then  an  editor  in  Maine,  told  the 
author  to  write  his  own  notice. — Mow  the  writer  made  the  acquaintance  of  the  late  (2 raver 
Cleveland. — Mow  Kossuth  patted  the  author  on  the  head  when  a  schoolboy. — Incidents 
relating  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Henry  M.  Stanley,  Barney  Barnato,  etc. — When  David 
Warfield  was  a  theatre  usher  for  the  writer. — Mow  the  late  Charles  If.  Hoyt  secured  his 
first  opportunity. — -The  author’s  business  association  with  A1  Ifayman,  now  the  head 
of  the  Theatrical  Syndicate. — The  first  European  trip  of  Buffalo  Bill’s  Wild  West  and 
how  it  was  brought  about. — -Where  and  when  the  well-known  author,  George  If.  Broad- 
hurst,  was  “discovered,”  and  by  whom. — Mow  Louis  Mann  won  a  charming  wile.— 
The  author’s  first  business  transaction  with  Edwin  Ilawlev,  the  railway  magnate. — 
When  George  Gould  first  crossed  the  Atlantic. — Former  judge  A.  J.  Dittenhocfer’s 
initial  experiences  in  theatrical  law. — William  A.  Brady’s  first  lesson  in  making  contracts. 
— Oscar  Hanuncrstein.  a  Napoleonic  figure  in  theatre  building  and  management  of  opera. 
— Henry  W.  Savage’s  leadership  in  the  highest  class  of  musical  and  dramatic  productions. 

When  the  author  managed  the  only  trans-continental  tour  of  Sir  Charles  Wyndham, 
paying  him  83,500  a  week  and  all  advertising  and  railway  expenses. — The  original  theatrical 
circuit  in  Mexico,  where  the  author  introduced  from  Spain  Trinidad  Cuenca,  the  first 
woman  bull  fighter  ever  seen  there. — The  early  contracts  between  the  writer  and  Charles 
Frolunan,  the  greatest  producer  of  the  age. — Over  production  in  every  branch,  over 
supply  of  actors  and  actresses,  and  the  cause. — Men  who  began  m  theatricals  but  entered 
other  fields  and  made  fortunes,  such  as  Frank  L.  Gardner,  Davison  Dalzicl,  M.P.,  Charles 
E.  Locke.  Jacob  Nunnemachcr,  J.  Charles  Davis.  Henry  B.  Clifford,  J.  M.  Hill,  W.  W. 
Cole,  Kit  Clarke,  etc.,  etc. — How  the  business  was  conducted  by  such  old-time  managers 
as  lb  E.  J.  Miles,  David  Bidwcll,  C.  J.  Whitney,  Charles  Spaulding,  Leonard  Grover, 
J.  II.  Havcrlv,  lb  M.  Iloolcy,  Thomas  W.  Davcy,  George  J.  Deagle,  George  K.  Goodwin, 
John  Stetson.  John  Dull'.  Meecli  Brothers.  John  W.  Albaugh,  Bernard  McAulcy,  Thomas 
Maguire,  A.  M.  Palmer,  Henry  E.  Abbey,  Eugene  Tompkins,  John  A.  Hamlin,  Augustin 
Duly,  Samuel  Colville.  Isaac  B.  Rich,  John  A.  Ellsler,  Ben  Do  Bar,  JolinT.  Ford,  Henry  C. 
Miner, David  Henderson,  Col.  W.  E.Sinn,  Jarrctt  &  Palmer,  Maurice  G nut,  John  W.  Norton, 
E.  G.  Gilmore,  Jacob  Litt,  William  Henderson, — -with  all  of  whom  the  author  had  the  pleas¬ 
ure  of  extended  business  and  personal  relations. — The  aid  received  by  many  new  beginners 
at  the  hands  of  the  author;  both  managers  and  performers. — Great  advance  made  in  the  art 
of  costuming,  and  some  of  the  leaders  in  that  line. — The  development  of  scene  painting  to  its 
present  perfection,  and  a  few  of  the  foremost  artists. — The  exact  situation  in  vaudeville,  and 
the  great  rivalry  between  the  two  powerful  syndicates.— Why  “Advanced  Vaudeville” 
failed. — -Personal  views  of  Percy  Williams,  B.  F.  Keith,  F.  F.  Proctor,  E.  F.  Albee,  William 
Hanuncrstein,  Martin  Beck,  William  Morris,  Morris  Myerfeld,  Jr.,  S.  Z.  Poli,  Alex. 
Pontages,  Max  Anderson,  Kohl,  Castle  &  Middleton,  Frank  Tate,  Harry  Davis,  etc.  A 
comparison  between  English  music  halls  and  American  vaudeville. — The  recent  inter¬ 
national  deal  between  Messrs.  Beck  and  Butt. — How  the  great  Orphcum  circuit  was  born 
and  developed. — The  lesson  William  Morris  learned  from  “Advanced  Vaudeville,”  which 


'“!.[?  his  ■Jr"1  P<  S  V  "  lc' 1 "  k  "l  '  In-si<le  history  of  the  Keith-Proelor- 

\\  Illiiiius-Il  eslci  S  idiculc.  Progress  of  the  Moving  Picture- Vaudeville  craze; _ 

Ismail,  Loew,  William  Fox  and  Lubin  its  head  promoters.— Why  the  services  of 
vaudeville  „  l  under  present  Its  are  beneficial  to  artists.— While  Rats  accom¬ 
plishing  K,-eat  results  for  performers.— Rapid  rise  of  Sullivan  &  Kraus  and  Sullivan  & 

I  onsiclinc  as  showmen. 

NeKroMinslrclsyfro,,,  the  advent  of  T.  I).  (Daddy)  Rice  to  Ilaverly’s  Mastodons. 
IIoolc\  A  Kmerson  s  Megatheriums,  M.  R.  Leavitt’s  Giganteims,  'I'hatcher  Primrose  & 
Uest.  Sweatnam.  Rice  &  Pagan,  Lew  Dockstailer.  Al.  G.  Fields  an, I  George  Uvans 
C  ohan  A  Harris  Minstrels.— Dumont’s  Minstrels,  in  Philadelphia,  the  only  surviving 

show  ot  this  kind  with  a  permanent  home.  ’  » 

How  modern  I, urles(pie  may  again  become  popular  on  Hroadway  as  it  was  tliirty- 
I  V  "S  11,1  "Mlu  *  <lireclion.  What  the  Columbia  Amusement  Company 

l,i,S  l<>  rf\ . .  C;„h  Hill  a  very  important  factor.-Weber  &  Rush 

*  '  1  1  1  1  1  1  I  — Hurtig  &  Sea  moil  solid  elements  in  the 

association.— Men  prominent  in  the  Western  Rurles.pie  Whcel.-Pantomime  and 

Cfcr,,m£ffeu,\  11  hT''"  Ri,yCm.  L’  Po*-  tlle  Hanlons,  Tony 

Dune,,  Mdlelt  A  Bartholomew,  The  Devil’s  Auction”  and  “Spider  and 
11>.  -Leading  magicians.  Iron,  McAllister,  Anderson,  Allyne,  Marts  and  Heller, 
to  nerrmann,  Kellar,  I  hurslon,  and  LeRo.y,  Pox  &  Powell  (the  author’s  Triple 
m  hh  l'T  'V  ,°Pm0,\t.  °‘  n"Uv>'>  ll'i,llfil,ol'hition. — Wonderful  strides  in  litho- 
:  P  '  g  "  1,1  Bl,7  ]*■•"•  '"S— Vast  sums  spent  in  this  line  by  Haverly  and  the  author.- 
'  "<!™,CCl1  '5  1  ,c  l,,lter  lo  '>".V  «»«*  Metropolitan  Print  from  James  Gordon 
Ik,"  ett—  J  he  great  orders  that  changed  the  Strohridge  concern  f,  , ,  eon,,  cm  I  ,  inters 

^s^ed  en  pV  "Uthor  1  Al‘  «t-art’s  promotion  as  ,'ge  of 

'I  he  managers  of  South  Africa.  India,  Australia  and  New  Zealand,  as  seen  by  the 
author, among  them  ,  J.  C.  Williamson,  George  Musgrove,  Bland  Holt,  William  Anders,,,, 
Johil'pulici  clc‘V,,e  ’t  ,C  ",1L‘cl0l'S’  Lcona,'d  Hayne,  Harry  Rickards,  James  Brennan.’ 

RiceTff  AW.r'c ‘rM,"l,p  Pri'"ilir^S  °f  Spm,l,li,'«  &  Rogers,  Van  Amberg,  Dan 
r  u  n,  V  I  '  •  kostcllo,  h orepnugh,  Coup,  o,  al.,  to  Sells-Floto,  Hagenback-Wallace, 

Bai  m. m  A  Bailey  and  the  Ring. mg  Brothers,  now  monarchs  of  the  tent  show  realm 
ties  of'dcnl'lL',1;'8  P|'rT""  l°  1  “  St!,”L‘ 1,10  l,0oli  wil1  1,0  «»'„plctc.  showing  the  personali- 
mess  rci, rcson I  i'""  l)l'°"i'>ters,  players,  authors,  composers,  producers.  i cpitsen tallies,  and  the  collateral  business  men  associated  with  theatricals 

I  believe  '"'mhaT  ,,,Ml  '’l'1"0  °f  lh“  V<>IT?  to  li,,raric*-  rooms  and  individuals, 

J  bchc\  e,  \\  ill  be  iciy  great,  on  account  ol  the  immense  mass  of  authoritative  information 
I  ::;'!  ,tS  W,M  e  ,,,uc 1  ‘-‘''“""cut  of  the  lighter  kind  will  be  derived  from  the  large 

’  oi  >M:ls‘>nil1  with  which  it  is  enlivened.  1  have  spent  two  years  in  col- 

Ll  “Viril  “rn,,,S"lS  »0"’ 11,11  completing  the  actual  composition  oi'  the  book. 

fed.",: ;;sS 

,  truly 

“Becchhurst,”  Whitestone,  N.  Y. 

prietor  of  the  hew  York  world,  has  in¬ 
structed  me  to  see  you  personally  on  a 
business  proposition.  Will  you  kindly 
let  me  know  what  day  and  what  hour  will 
be  most  convenient  for  you  to  see  me? 


i  very  truly, 

Acting  Managing  Editor. 


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Lie  CEREMONY.  * 

,  .LIFE, 

The  Thompson  &  Norris  Company, 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edisc 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:  - 

BROOKLYN,  May  -  lilo  Vv 

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An  old  friend  of  yours,  Mr.  Joseph  E.  Hind£  who  lives 
when  at  home,  in  Pasadena,  California,  is  here  with  his  family 
on  a  short  visit.  You  will  probably  remember  Mr.  Hind./  as  one 
of  your  enthusiastic  friends  when  you  were  struggling  with  the 
incandescent  light. 

like  above  all  things,  to  shake  hands  with  you  once  more,  and 
asks  me  if  1  think  it  possible  for  you  to  give  him  a  few  minutes 
of  your  time,  that  he  would  go  over  to  see  you.  I  write  this  to 
ask  you  if  it  will  be  agreeable  to  have  him  call.  It  may  be  that 
I  can  go  over  with  him  Borne  afternoon  next  week. 

Kindly  let  me  know,  and  oblige. 

AJ  pc. 



Hr.  Zaremba: 

1310  present,  in  fact  until  you  again  take  the  ^AY  }q  ,Q. 
matter  151  with  me  and  advised  to  the  contrary,  you  will  oleaae  ”  u'0 

SSmL^tSS.°Lai1vkl,'ao  “}  “““'ISA  SSESiSt 

quantities  possible  to  take  care  of  our  actual  reouirRmpn+n 
jfP  ’?0  °aae  are  you  to  anticipate  requirements  for\  longer  period 
th^ diffDVBnn«t^«,+?nd  £r?m  t5at  down  t0  the  smartest  time  possible, 
t^kes1^  nb+afr,1^^1110  b+15f  dependent  on  the  length  of  time  it 
takes  to  obtain  different  kinds  of  raw  material  * 

.  'Iou  should  go  over  your  stock  of  parts  finished,  in  work 
will  T'L+at0r^a+iJ  to  determine  ^U0t  how  l°ng  our  present  supply 
a?d  1:11611  arranse  to  place  your  orders  accordingly. 

In  orrtfirld  ?S°  "*2“^  to  held>uP  shipments  of  all  material  now 
no  ^d  i  Where  v/e  have  a  sufficient  supply  in  stock  to  carry 
£ainr!?J;W0.,WetkS  t*vthfee  “onthaf  the  time  in  this  caBe  again 
h®lnS  dependent  on  the  length  of  time  it  .takes  to  procure  the 
raw  material  after  placing  shipping  orders  for  it. 

It  may  be  found  that  you  have  a  large  stock  of  certain 
nnfnf+iteel>  ^ass  or  other  raw  material,  which  by  an  additional 
operation,  such  as  turning  down  or  whatever  it  might  be.  would 
^?«n6bnto^P'ir5OSeTfOB  which  additional  raw  material  would  other- 
Tf®6  0  d!red*  +In  Quch  °aseB>  arrange  to  have  the  additional 

ons  done  at  as  small  a  cost  as  possible, .  instead  of  buying 
now  raw  material  of  the  proper  size*  *  J  6 

-J11!®6  instructions  apply  to  all  material  pertaining  to  the 
manufacture  of  phonographs,  kinetosoopes  and  Bates  machines, 

loot.?^S'r"SyoS.“"^”°ra  ***  ”a*etl°1  ”1U  10 


C.  H.  Wilson. 
1:  Byer:  Weber:  leeming. 

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Committee  1909-1910 

CHARLES  «.  nUNTLEY  (Kx-Offlolo),  Bum 
LOUIS  A.  KEHGUSON  (Ex-Offlelo), 
N.T.  WILCOX  (Ex-Om 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edisonj 
Orange , 

Dear  Sir: 

s\  new  york  May  19  f  1910. 

^  go  -Jl-! 

*’**'•*•  rf  \ 

I  beg  to  advise  ybu  that  yo\m  Executive  Committee- 

has  arranged  to  hold  the  next  convention  of  the?  Associati,onK 

...  ^  VCe«*r-vfc*i»«{ 

at  the  Hotel  Frontenac,  Thousand  Island^,  September  6-9, 

*1 — <*££« — '  J 

1910,  opening  Tuesday  morning,  September  6th  ijt  9:3o£aAplookv^/ 

You  will,  in  due  course,  reoeive  further  notice  giviiig  de¬ 

tails  concerning  the  assignment  of  rooms,  prograjn,and  other 

matters.  J  . -  " — 7 

i  pleasure  to  be  favored  with  any 

l'  give  i 


sjiggestions  that  you  may  be  kind  enough  to  offer  in  regard 
to  subjects  for  papers  or  discussions  to  be  brought  before 
the  meeting.  If  you  will  kindly  volunteer  the  presentation 
of  a  paper  yourself  or  from  any  of  the  representatives  of 
your  Company,  I  will  be  glad  to  reoeive  your  advices  to  that 
effect . 

Bespeaking  your  co-operation  towards  making  the 
convention  a  success,  I  am, 

Yours  very  truly, 

Lt\^u, uu)  fj.  iitiUvX^ai, 


have  the  benefit  of  your  views. 

\7e  have  discovered  a  new  photo¬ 
grapher.  You  may  remember  that 
your  last  photograph,  taken  at  our 
request,  was  such  a  success  that  there 
ho  3  been  a  constant  demand  for  it  from 
all  over  the  World.  Could  you  spare 
an  afternoon,  during  the  first  woolc  in 
Juno,  to  lot  this  photographer,  who 
is  said  to  be  a  wonderful  woman  in  that 
work,  try  to  get  another  good  picture. 
Could  you  come  in  a  little  early  per¬ 
haps  wo  might  be  able  to  arrange  for 
the  Ball  Game. 

Very  sincerely. 

P.S.  I  am  to  spend  next  week  in  St. 
Louis  at  the  Kational  Electric  Light 
Association  Convention.  Ur.  Murray  is 
very  anxious  to  have  you  attend  the 
Edison  meeting  at  The  Frontenac  during 
the  first  we  ok  in  September. 

(Enclosure ) 

the  photographs  that  were  ta¬ 
ken  during  your  very  pleasant 
visit  at  these  offices.  I 
am  also  sending  you  under 
another  cover  a  collection  of 
our  Hudson-Fulton  photographs. 
This  I  hope  you  -  "as  the  au¬ 
thor  of  it  all"  -  will  accept 
with  the  complimonts  of  our 

Hr  Liob,  on  returning 
from  his  last  visit,  mentioned 
that  you  referred  to  our  Brief 
on  the  Bankers  Trust  Building. 
He  spoke  of  some  suggestions 
you  were  going  to  offer.  ThiB 
is  an  illustration  of  the  end¬ 
less  fight  that  is  going  on  all 
over  the  country  between  Cen¬ 
tral  Station  and  Private  Plant 
service.  I  hope  if  you  can 
spare  the  time  you  vail  let  me 

MAY  27  iSIC 

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Messrs.  Dyer:  Wilson:  Water;  Sohiffl:  Soull:  ^  ' 

A  Manufacturing  Committee  consisting  of  Messrs. 

Dyer:  Wilson:  Weber:  Sohiffl  and  Soull,  has  been  established, 
for  the  purpose  of  passing  on  all  matters  pertaining  to  the 
issuing  of  shop  orders  or  requisitions,  or  the  expenditure  of 
monies,  for  experimental  work,  tools,  machinery,  equipment,  new 
buildings  or  additions  thereto,  improvements  to„plaat,  &o,„&o» 

Mr,  Soull  will  aot  as  Secretary  of  this  Committee,  and  regular 
meetings  will  be  held  in  Executive  Committee  Room  on  Thursday  of 
eaoh  week,  at  2:00  P„M.,  Special  meetings  will  be  oalled  by  the 
Secretary  whenever  matters  of  sufficient  importance  warrant. 

All  suggestions  for  improvement  or  changes  to  articles  aL  - 
ready  standardized  are  to  be  sent  to  the  Chief  Engineer,  as  here¬ 
tofore.  The  Chief  Engineer  will  pasB  on  such  suggestions,  and 
attaoh  thereto  his  approval  with  estimated  oost  of  tools,  also 
increase  or  decrease  in  oost  of  production,  or  disapproval.,  with 
reasons  therefor,  and  then  send  them  to  the  Secretary  of  Manu¬ 
facturing  Committee,  who  will  oolleot  suoh  data  as  may  be  necessary 
in  connection  therewith,  and  explain  what  effect  the  ohangeB  would 
have  on  stock  on  hand,  production,  &o.,  and  present  them  to 
Manufacturing  Committee  at  their  next  meeting.  All  suggestions 
relative  to  the  buildling  of  new  types  of  machines  of  any  kind 
are  to  be  handled  in  the  same  manner. 

All  suggestions,  requestor  proposes  pertaining  to  tools, 
machinery,  equipment,  new  buildings,  or  changes  thereto',  improve¬ 
ments  or  qhanges  in  plant,  &o.,  involving  more  than  $100.00  in  oost, 
are  to  be  referred,  as  heretofore,  to  Mr,  Weber,  who  will  pass 
them  along  to  Seoretary  of  Manufacturing  Committee  with  his  appro¬ 
val  or  disapproval  and  reasons  therefor,  and  the  Seoretary  will 
then  refer  them  to  the  Manufacturing  Committee  at  their  next 
meeting  for  final  disposition. 

Please  give  this  memo,  your  careful  attention  and  transmit 
the  contents  of  same  to  such  people  as  are  in  your  department, 
or  under  your  control  as  are  interested/  and  to  whom  it  has  not 
been  sent,  as  per  names  indioated  hereon. 

The  first  meeting  of  the  Manufacturing  Committee  will  take 
place  Thursday,  June  9th, 

6/3/LO,  E,  1.  Dyer. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Deeming:  Westee:  Eckert:  Aiken:  W.Miller:  Aylsworth 
Riehl:  Watennan:  Hehr:  Dang:  Parkhurst:  Durand:  Dolbeer:  John  Pelzer: 
Hudsoh:  Burnham:  Plimpton:  Waddell:  Hird: 

Copy/ to  Mr,  Edison.  ) 

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Dear  Mr.  Edison! 

On  my  return  to  town  I  have  been  given  your  telo- 
phonio  mossape,  asking  mo  to  oorae  over  and  get  ray  old  maohine,  1 
neod  hardly  toll  you  how  grateful  and  delighted  I  am,  and  I  hnvo 
been  making  arrangements  with  Bee  this  morning  as  to  the  disposal 
of  the  raaohine  so  that  wo  oan  get  a  little  aooustomed  to  it,  I 
will  be  out  oarly  myself  to  soe  you  and  got  the  raaohine  directly 
from  your  generous  hands,  and  then  I  will  di souse  with  you  the  kind 
of  trip  you  would  liko  mo  to  make,  and  the  kind  of  notes  that  would 
be  interesting,  and  oould  be  developed  to  advantage. 

We  are  no^/opening  our  Museum  of  Safety  in  one  of  the  lecture 
rooms  of  the  Engineering  Building  as  a  permanency,  and  are  oollooting 
exhibits.  There  is  no  oharge  for  the  spaoe  and  wo  are  only  too 
glad  to  be  able  to  do  this,  I  want  you  to  lot  mo  have  as  your 
exhibit  -  either  for  the  section  of  safety  or  that  of  sanitation  - 
whatever  you  may  have  available  in  tho  shape  of  a  model  or  parts 
of  the  struoturo  illustrative  of  your  ooraent  house  for  artisans. 

It  need  not  take  up  a  great  deal  of  room,  but  what  has  been  shown 
in  the  magazines  recontly  would  do,  or  oven  details  of  the  struc¬ 
ture,  I  will  arrange  this  with  you  when  I  oomo  out  next  woek. 

I  want  to  take  this  opportunity  also  to  thank  you  in  the 
name  of  the  National  Electric  Light  Association  for  your  dispatoh 
of  congratulation,  whioh  was  read  on  anniversary  night,  and  wan 
received  with  a  tremendous  outburst  of  applauso.  It  might  ho  3aid 

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Mr.  Edison  with  regard  to  this  matter  and  which  Mr.  Edison  re¬ 
fused  to  take  up,  until  he  had  seen  the  car  or  demonstration  of 
Steward^  adjunct  or  controller  to  he  used  in  connection  with 
Mr.  Edison's  Battery. 

I  now  take  this  opportunity  of  thanking  you  again  for 
all  your  kindness  and  courtesy  to  me  during  my  soujourn^  in  Mr 
Edison's  laboratory. 

Please  remember  me  to  your  sister  and  say  I  regretted 
not  seeing  her  before  I  left. 

Yours  truly, 


NE7  YORK,  June  20?.  1910. 

7.  A.  Edison,  Esquire 
Edison  Laboratory 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 


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Hr.  Jtiller  as  t^rtf. 

I  have  your  inquiry  from 

and  am  inquiring  from  him  as  to  the  length  of  his  'moat . 
quite  likely  that  you  will  hear  from  him  dirootly  but  I  shall  be  glad 
to  do  whatever  is  neoessary  at  any  time. 


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‘rofessor  Asha 


You  will  be  glad  to  hear,  or  at  least  I  am  glad  to  state, 
thnt  I  now  have  my  beautiful  automobile  in  good  running  order  and  have 
made  arrangements  for  keeping  it  at  one  of  the  up  town  garages,  baoked 
by  the  General  Vehiole  Company.  My  Edison  battery  is  the  only  kind 
of  the  set  there  and  they  are  all  very  much  interested  in  it.  I  have 
already  made  considerable  mileage  in  the  maohine  and  find  it  smooth  and 
easy  in  operation  beyond  all  empeotanoy. 

As  soon  as  I  am  a  little  more  familiar  with  it  I  shall  be  ready 
fr  tl’.e  run  to  Philadelphia  and  baok,  and  if  you  have  any  suggestions  or 
instructions  would  be  glad  to  hear  from  you,  in  oase  I  should  not  be  out 
at  the  Laboratory  before  I  go  on  the  trip.  As  I  have  available  the 
services  of  my  son,  who  is  an  engineer  with  the  Hew  York  Edison  Company, 
and  wan  at  one  time  in  their  automobile  department,  I  oan  undertake  to 
make  sundry  tests  and  observations  of  an  easy  oharaoter  and  report  to 
you  or  to  publish  the  data  in  articles  from  time  to  tine.  If  there  are 


any  ouoh  tests  that  would  be  of  eervioe,  I  should  be  very  glad  indeed 
to  hear  from  you.  I  oan  make  arrangements  for  a  record  of  the  oharge 
and  discharge,  mileage,  eto,  and  other  features.  I  need  hardly  say 
that  anything  I  can  do  in  this  respeot  I  shall  do  most  gladly  and  in 
the  meantime  I  want  to  thank  you  again  for  your generosity  and  thought¬ 
fulness  in  placing  suoh  a  beautiful  automobile  at  my  disposal. 

Believe  me,  with  regards, 

Yours  truly, 

Executive  Seoretary. 


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avtxru-^\|  c4>AJte.  ^in*Afe  ^•r\- 

I  have  read  with  much  interest,  as  well  as  instruction,  your 

excellent  article  in  the  June  number  of  Popular  Electricity.  I 
am  pleased  to  know  that  your  words  are  being  widely  copied,  and 
that  your  statements  are  favorably  discussed  by  a  number  of 

I  was  particularly  interested  in  one  of  the  pictures, /where 

you  are  represented  as  pouring  from  the  lip  of  a  dish  some  liquid 
into  a  glass  test  tube  of  unusual^) small  diameter.  This  con¬ 
vinces  me  that  your  hands  remain  as  steady  as  ever,  and  that  your 
eyesight  is  undimmed.  When  I  pour  from  a  porcelain  dish  any 
liquid  into  so  small  a  test  tube,  if  delicate  exactness  is 
necessary,  X  have  to  use  a  glass  funnel. 

With  my  kindest  personal  regards,  T  remain 
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To  the  Members  of  the  A  £ 

Association  of  Edison  fc'  V 

Illuminating  Companies  ..X  tT\  ,  - 

i\  y  \  /  ^ 

The  interest  thus  far  shownjLn  the  afeproa^h^ng^.^^ 

i\  \  yy 

•  shownjin  the  approaching 

Convention  of  the  Associate 

ful  meeting.  The  papers  to  he  presented  are  receiving 
most  careful  attention,  and  the  entertainment  features  at  I 
Erontenac  leave  nothing  to  he  desired. 

Accommodations  at  the  Hotel  Erontenac  will  ho  $4.00 
per  person  daily  for  a  room  v/ithout  hath  and  $5.00  daily  with 
hath  -  the  price  per  person  remaining  the  same  whether  there 
he  one  or  tv/o  occupants.  Reservations  should  he  made  direct¬ 
ly  with  the  hotel.  In  view  of  the  probability  of  heavy  book¬ 
ings  over  Labor  Day,  it  is  urged  that  those  desiring  to 
visit  the  Island  a  few  days  prior  to  the  opening  of  the 

The  full  Convention  programme  together  with 
plete  information  concerning  transportation  facllitiei 

etc.,  will  he  contained  i 

.rcular  to  he  sent  later  to 

Yours  very  truly, 


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w«  k-l. Dickson, 

(late  with  EDISON  IBOHOafl) 


July  6th,  1910. 

H.  F.  Hiller  Esq., 

Secretary,  Thomas  Edison's  laboratory. 

Orange  Hew  Jersey.  U.S.A. 

My  dear  Harry, 

I  am  exceedingly  obliged  to  you  for  asking  Mr.  Edison 
about  this  Hr.  Stewart  and  hope  you  will  see  him  and  thank  him 
as  well  for  me  for  his  warning  re/  that  gentleman. 

Mr.  Stewart's  Battery  Controlling  Device  is  certainly 
clever  if  new  and  should  he  find  the  capital  to  construct  a  car 
and  wishes  me  to  show  it  to  Mr.  Edison  I  will  run  out  to  America 
again  before  the  fall  and  make  a  thorough  test  of  it  at  Orange 
at  which  time  Mr.  Edison  can  give  me  his  invaluable  opinion  if 
good  or  bad  and  if  the  former  he  might  interest  himself  in  it. 

With  very  kindest  regards, 

The  Pacific  Telephone  and  Telegraph  Company" 

I  was  younger  in  those  day was  for  ten  years  a  telegraph 
operator,  electricity  was  a  budding,  rapidly  developing  science,  and 
your  fame  so  impressed  me  that  what  you  said  was  stamped  on  my  memory. 

I  wonder  does  a  man's  memory  tangle  such  stories  with  the  lapse  of  years? 

In  1888-89  I  was  at  the  laboratory  and  in  Hew  York  for  two 
months  while  you  worked  day  and  night  on  the  wax  cylinder  phonograph  and 
came  away  with  a  license  from  Lippincott  given  at  your  instance  for  the 
Pacific  Coast.  Bo  you  recollect  that  I  was  in  Hew  York  later  with  a 
nickel-in- the-slot  phonograph  which  you  decried  but  the  patents  for  which 
had  gone  through  the  Patent  Office  without  a  single  contestant  as  I  now 
remember  -  it  was  so  early  in  the  game.  Do  you  remember  how  I  came  to 
you  at  Ogden,  H.J.,  with  the  first  spring-actuated  phonograph  and  that 
you  refused  to  make  them  for  us  because  the  American  Phonograph  Compary 
owed  you  a  trifle  of  §700,000.  Do  you  know  that  I  was  the  Kanager  of 
the  Edison  General  Electric  Company  in  California  when  that  great  big 
pretentious) bubble,  the  Thompson-Houston  Company,  with  their  rotten 
watery  assets  took  us  into  a  hostile  camp,  a  deliberately  perpetrated 
swindle .  I  had  sold  every  incandescent  plant  in  the  State  (we  had  no 
arc  system)  and  could  have  equipped  every  Railway,  hut  those  Columbia 
graduates  at  Schnectady  were  sending  us  14  h.p.  motors  guaranteed  25  h.p. 
that  would  carbonize  the  armature  on  a  half  mile  up-grade  every  trip. 
"Saving  the  coal  pile"  was  their  motto,  the  Innocents!  Well,  that  is 
all  past  hi  story  and  the  latter  part  probably  does  not  interest  you  much. 

Con  Nestor  has  opened  an  office  in  this  building  (the  Bell 
Telephone  Building)  and  I  am  sure  will  do  good  work  with  your  battery; 
he  is  one  of  the  best  selling  agents  and  canvassers  we  have  ever  had 




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GENERAL  electric  company 

Heniiy  W.  Dakuncj,  TllEASUnEK 

h. p. Scmn-iEB, asst. them.  Schenectady,  II.  Y. ,  7th  July,  1910. 

Ehomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  5.  J. 

My  dear  Sir: — 

I  am  in  reoeipt  of  your  Secretary's 
letter  of  the  6th  Inst.,  returning  our  oheque  for 
$26.00  and  notioe  your  request  to  stop  further  pay¬ 
ments  on  this  account,  as  the  project  with  the  Yluo - 
resoent  lamp  is  hopeless.  IMb  I  will  report  to  our 
Executive  Committee, and  with  thanks  for  the  return 
of  the  oheque,  I  am. 

Yours  very  truly. 



Schenectady,  H.  Y. ,  July  8,  1910. 

Mr.  Xhos.  A.  Edison, 
Orange , 

H.  J. 

My.  dear  Mr.  Edison- 

My.  dear  Mr.  Edison-  :y.; 

I  am  sending_|^yo^L  bv^wail  to-day  a  little  device  for 
lighting  gas  which  may  interest  ycriL  She  patent  will  he  issued 
to  me,  hut  I  did  not  care  to  have  my  name  appear  on  tEfe  article. 

Ihis  igniter  may  he  used  for  lighting  hunsen  burners  &c.,  in  the 
laboratory.  I  use  one  constantly  now  instead  of  matches.  Our 
girl  also  uses  one  in  the  kitchen  for  the  gas  stove.  It  is 
quicker  than  matchos  and  absolutely  safe.  You  can  put  one  thick¬ 
ness  of  a  handkerchief  over  the  sparking  end  and  the  sparks  that 
pass  through  the  cotton  cloth  will  light  gas  ,  hut  will  not  burn 
the  handkerchief. 

I  am  also  sending  you,  under  separate  cover,  three 
short  articles  that  I  have  written  up  for  "Popular  Electricity"  viz:- 
" testing  Edison  Dynamos  and  lamps  Quarter  of  a  Century  ago." 
"The  Story  of  Sunbury  Station." 

"Story  of  the  First  Hot  V/ire  Current  Indicator,  &c." 

I  should  be  glad  if  you  would  glance  over  these  papers 
when  you  have  time  and  tell  me  if  you  think  them  all  right. 

With  regards  and  best  wishes. 

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LON  DON,  W. 

July  21st . ,  1910 . 

H.  F.  Hiller  Esq.,  Secretary, 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq.,  laboratories . 

Orange  Ilew  Jersey.  U.  S.  A. 


Dear  Mr.  Miller, 

I  should  feel  much  obliged  if  you  would  fcindly  let  me 
have  at  your  earliest  convenience,  your  latest  Battery  Catalogues 
as  I  want  the  various  sizes  measurements  etc.,  so  that  Stewart  can 
build  his  car  ana  later  on  order  the  batteries  when  the  car  is 
finished.  You  may  rest  assured  my  dear  friend  that  I  am  not 
doing  any  financing  after  what  you  were  good  enough  to  tell  me. 

With  bind  regards,  .hoping  you  are  well. 

Yours  truly,' 

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Through  a  recent  announcement  that  a  Bavarian 
inventor’s  process  for  making  liquid  gas,  known  as 
Blaugas,  had  been  sold  to  a  §5,000,000  corporation  with 
Commodore  E.  C.  Benedict  as  president,  and  numbering 
among  its  directors  Judge  Gary,  chairman  of  the  U.  S. 
Steel  Corporation ;  Theodore  N.  Vail,  president  of  the 
American  Telegraph  &  Telephone  Company  j  Theodore 
P.  Shouts,  president  of  the  Metropolitan  Street  Railway, 
and  that  a  large  sum  of  money  had  been  handed  over  to 
tile  inventor  as  the  purchase  price,  the  public,  is  appraised 
of  another  development  in  industrial  progress.  This  cor¬ 
poration  was  organized  by  Frank  Z.  Maguire  and  W.  W. 
Gooch,  both  well  known  in  electrical  circles.  Mr. 
Maguire  was  seen  recently  by  a  representative  of  the 
Electrical  World  and  stated  that  it  would  be  premature  to 
give  information  respecting  the  Blaugas  Company  of 
America  at  the  present  time,  but  that  he  wished  to  take 
the  opportunity  to  express  his  great  sympathy  with  the 
endeaver  of  the  journal  to  improve  the  status  of  the  patent 
laws.  Much  of  the  best  inventive  work,  said  he,  is  now 
coming  from  Germany  and  it  is  because  that  country  is 
affording  the  inventor  very  much  more  protection  than  we 
do.  It  is  high  time  to  ask  the  question,  “  Where  are  we 
eventually  to  finish  in  this  contest,  particularly  when 
skilled  labor  is  so  much  cheaper  in  Germany  than  with 


E.  H.  Johnson,  Eqq., 

C/o  Union  league  Club, 

Hot  York  City. 

Dear  I  Jr.  Johnson: 

At  Ur.  Edison's  roquost  I  bog  to  give 
you  the  following  information  on  tho  subject  of  moving 
pictures  for  uoo  in  Clubs: 


Underwriters'  Model  "B"  Kinctoseopc,  with 
Khoostat,  for  diroet  ourront- 

Undorwriters*  Model  "B"  Kinctoocopo,  with 
Transformer,  for  alternating  current- 

Underwriters'  Model  "B"  Kinetoscopo,  with 
Portable  Ges  Outfit  eomplctc- 

Oporator’s  salary  per  week  $15.00  to  $20.00 
"  "  "  night  3.00  to  5.00. 


flic  best  curtain  is  a  while  plastor  wall.  If  this 
is  not  advisable,  then  a  curtain  of  stout  cotton  or 
woonsockot  shooting  mil  be  found  satisfactory;  siso 
about  12  feet  by  14  feot-  *  *  6.50 

Givo  two  coats  of  kalsomino,  or  gelatine 
and  whiting,  oxtra- 


•  II.  Johnson.  ED1BON  M4HXg.\URINO  OOMPANY 

Vflioro  electricity  is  usod, 

Coot  of  cnrhono  per  cvcninrr- 

If  Cao  Generator  is  usod, 




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to  have,  lot  me  hnow  and  I  will  he  glad  to  Civc  it  to 

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The  Pacific  Telephone  and  Telegraph  Commit 

SanEkancisco  Aug.  25th,  1910. 


ft-  SO 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  -■>  t 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Hr.  Edison: - 

Thanh  you  £indly  for  the  portrait  and  also  the  characteristic 
note  "Life  is  one  damned  thing  after  another".  X  am  not  a  pessimist 
hut  X  sometimes  feel  as  if  "Life  is  an  experience  with  one  inrrate  after 
another" . 

T  have  had  a  hard  deal  for  two  years  past,  hut  when  X  harken 
back  to  what  I  know  of  your  experience  -  how  you  have  been  defrauded  and 
robbed  ifl  part  or  in  whole  of  your  discoveries  great  and  small,  and 
how  some  of  your  intimate  and  trusted  business  associates  and  friends 
have  blossomed  into  confidence  men  to  exploit  you  as  the  victim;  how  the 
pure  and  holy  academical  scientists  with  their  great  financial  combina¬ 
tions  have  pilfered  your  wares  and  your  discoveries  and  for  an  unimpeacha¬ 
ble  defense  have  always  had  a  man  on  their  pay-roll  who  thought  your 
thoughts  before  you  did.  --  Oh,  noJ  I  am  not  in  it  as  a  target  for  the 
ingrate  and  the  "filcher  of  good  names".  Everybody  must  yield  the  palm 
to  you^and  Con  says  there  are  soft  spots  in  your  heart  still  left. 

I  am  glad  to  say  Con  Hestor  is  ixil  improving  gradually,  but 
is  yet  on  crutches  and  confined  to  his  home  at  San  Rafael. 

Some  day  I  am  coming  to  you  personally  asking  the  addition  of 
two  words  to  the  inscription  on  your  portrait. 

With  kind  regards,  I  am. 


LABORATORY  AND  OFFICES  Consulting  Geologist.  Mineralogist  and  Chomlst  Common- 

OP  wealth  of  Pennsylvania. 


15  and  17  North  Third  St..  Harwsmiro,  Pa.,  U.  S.  A.  /]  . 

Cable  Address :  — Marlon."  ^  J  ■*.<!  I  >  ° 

Harrisburg,  Pa.  ,  August  27,  1910. 

Hon.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Wi^ 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey.  F  eCem-s*.  c?-  flrii*VAW 
Friend  Edison: 

....  W'Msttf.  MS 

When  you  have  completed  any  of* the  concrete  houses  described 

in  Popular  Electricity"  for  Sg>tem3er,  1910,  \>y  Mr.  W.  H.  jjLdo wj 

iroft,  please  inform  me  where  I  can  examine  the  structured  I  am  j 

luch  interested  in  the  success  of  yo^. undertaking  in  this  field 

I  see  on  page  430  of  the  same  magazine  that  this  fall  the 
>ers  are  going  to  publish  the  standard  biography  of  yourself, 
his  correct?  If  it  is  ,  I  must  have  a  copy  when  printed,  at 

e  well  and  prospei 

,  and  that  I  shall  sooi 

5  of  meeting  you  again  personally,- 

few  good  stories  in  stock,— I  remain 

Faithfully  youri 


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“fo^trdj?  J? 

September  1,  1910. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 
Llewellyn  Park, 

East  Orange,  N..J. 

My  dear  Mr. Edison:  - 

When  I  had  the  pleasure 
of  meeting  you  at  your  place  about 
three  years  ago  with  the  members  of: 
the  Electrochemical  Sooiety.  I  told 
you  that  I  was  writing  a  scientific 
.  treatise  on  poetry,  and  I  promised 
to  send  you  a  copy  as  soon  as  the 
book  should  be  published.  It  has 
taken  much  longer  than  I  expected: 
in  fact,  I  have  been  at  work  on  the 
book  for  more  than  nine  years. 

It  has  now  just  been  published  by 
the  Punk  ana  Wagnalls  Company,  and 
I  am  sending  you  today,  by  mail, 
the  long-promised  complimentary 

hnneh1!Ve  B  subject  'of  pJJtry 

fl°  aM  iBpartiai 

I  believe  that  the  book 
discovers  very  important  funda¬ 
mental  truths,  and  that  it  will 
shorten  the  path  and  lessen  the 
labor  and  expense  in  the  acquire¬ 
ment  of  some  very  useful  knowledge 
to  men  and  women  of  letters,  tea¬ 
chers  and  public  speakers,  and 
will  lead  many  out  of  a  maze  of 

After  you  have  read  the 
book,  I  should  be  very  glad  to 
know  how  you  like  it. 

Yours  faithfully, 

73  ^  **^r  ■* 

Ctn*  *  **•■  S&, 

2%u,  ?*y  *  ** 

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SKptember  19,  1910. 


a,L  5c,4|  ^ 

I  wish  to  call  to  your  ht tent ion,  ns  n  user  of  tie 
icon,  sono  of  the  new  types  which  v/e  havo  placed  upon  th 

market  within  the  lu at  few  months.  They  are  the  typo  \  ana  3,  y 
taking  the  place  of  the  PI  Acoustic  on;  the  type  B»  tiling  the  (•  i 

place  of  the  r>2;  the  type  »  In  place  of  the  J.TS ;  the  tync^S  if  f 

in  place  of  the  L24.  V/e  have  also  added  a  type  F2  and  ah  oak  p. 
Dining’loom  and  Directors’  Table  outfit  that  cover  now  fields  nO£ 
heretofore  unknown  for  the  Acousticon.  *'5 

Xou  have  an  old  instrument  v/hich  wo  believe  la  givingPP  ^ , 
you  good  satisfaction  but  at  the  same  time  w  e  feel  that  ifyou  "jj  r 
could  got  an  instrument  t hot  would  give  you  even  bettor  results  h»— jf 
than  the  one  you  hive,  you  would  not  hesitate  to  make  a  no  ;:changoC  f 
It  is  for  this  reason  that  I  write  to  you  and  ask  hat  you  give  ?  J 
mo  a  frank  statement  of  the  results  you  are  obtaining  with  your~^  .  Z 
Instrument  and  if  it  is  ycur  desire  to  tc-st  one  of  thenewer  !  ^ 

types  which  v/e  have,  with  the  understanding  that  I  quote  you  an  J  ;  , 
allowance  upon  your  old  instrument  to  be  applied  upon  the  new  Ifr  |R 
you  do  this,  it  will  give  me  pleasure  to  send  you  on  fivo  days’  t  ; 
approval  whichever  type  you  desire  to  tost  by  the  side  of  your  $  j  f 
old  instrument.  5  0^ 

In  replying,  will  you  kindly  mention  the  typo  ar;  d  serial  |» 
number  of  your  instrument  and  when  purchuscd?  V\r 

:  to  make  a  no  jcchangoC  f 
l  ask  hat  you  give  ?  j 
ibtalnlng  v/lth  your^s^  ■  Z 



The  ACOUSTICON  is  operated  by  dry  cell 
batteries,  which  deteriorate  even  when  not  in 

The  length  of  life  of  those  batteries  depends, 
of  course,  upon  the  use  to  which  they  are  put, 
and  upon  the  demand  the  condition  of  hearing 

The  Types  A,  R,  D  and  F  ACOUSTICOXS 
arc  equipped  with  No.  2  batteries,  costing  25 

The  Type  II  ACOUSTICOX  is  operated 
with  No.  15  batteries.  Three  of  them  are 
required  to  operate  the  instrument,  and  they 
cost  ^25^  cents  ^each.  ^  These  ^t hr ec  batteries 

These  batteries  can  lie  shipped  by  mail, 
adding  15  cents  to  the  price  of  the  No.  15  if 

The  life  of  batteries  can  he  considerably 
lerigt licit ed  by  using  t^icm  alternately.  That  is, 


coniine  orders  for  batteries  to  one 
from  the  dale  of  purchase.  Most 
lace  standing  orders  with  us  for  bat- 
>  be  shipped  on  regular  days  each 



Electrical  Aid  to  Hearing 

=  COMPANY  =  -  : 


c'nni  oiL..  Jamaica,  Long  Island,  N.  Y. 

W here  the  Jlcouslicon  may  be  ‘Cried 

General  Acoustic  Company.  Address. 

715  Second  Avenue,  Seattle,  Washington. 

408  Sibley  Street,  St.  Paul,  Minn. 

General  Acoustic  Company  of  Canada,  Ltd. 
408  Yonge  Street,  Toronto,  Canada. 

Avenida,  S.  Francisco,  16  D.  F.  Mexico. 

Rue  lluyhrechts  28,  Antwerp,  Rclgiitm. 
London  Works,  59  Fleet  Street,  London,  E.  C. 

6  Rue  de  Hanovre,  Paris,  France. 

17  Kaiserplatz,  Frankfurt  a-M,  Germany. 

20  Uucklcrsbury,  London,  E.  C.  England. 

119  Victoria  Street,  Westminster,  London, 
S.  W.  England. 

Chester,  England. 

39  Swain  Street,  Bradford,  England. 

The  A 



The  Orlgnlal  Electrical  Hearing  Device 

The  ACOUSTICON  is  an  electrically 
operated  instrument,  constructed  in  ^exact 

1  clarifying  of 

hearing  ca 

>r  hard  of 

it  they  require  and 
thus  artmciatiy  equipped  with  what  Nature 
denies  them  are  placed  on  a  plane  of  practical 
equality,  so  far  as  normal  hearing  is  con¬ 
cerned,  with  all  their  fellowmcu  and  women. 

The  ACOUSTICON  is  made  in  a  great 
variety  of  styles  and  types,  giving  different 
degrees  of  strength  and  clearness  of  articu¬ 
lation.  It  is  absolutely  certain  that  with  some 
of  its  various  adjustments,  it  can  restore  hear¬ 
ing  to  fully  90  per  cent,  of  the  affected. 

It  is  not  an  experiment.  It  has  been  up-  * 
the  market  for  nine  years, 
demonstrated  its  efficiency 

irs,  and  has  thoroughly 

enabled  thousands  to  engage  in  Church 
c,  opened  the  doors  of  llientrcs  and 
lecture  halls.  It  helps  hundreds  to  make  a 
livelihood  in  business  from  which  they  other¬ 
wise  would  have  been  debarred.  We  have 
thousands  of  letters  on  fill 

rf is 

. .  ie  ACOUSTICOX  "pi 

patented,  its  results  cannot  be  dupli 
The  ACOUSTICON  cannot  be  compared 
with  old-fashioned  tubes,  drums,  speaking 
horns,  etc.,  that  have  brought  partial  relief  to 
people  in  years  past.  These  instruments 
merely  transmit  sound.  Most  deaf  people  re¬ 
quire  not  only  reproduced  but  ampiifiu  d  sound 
ami  clarified  articulation. 

in  using  the  ACOUSTICON  it  is  not 
necessary  to  speak  directly  into  the  trans- 
initter  to  enable  the  user  to  hear,  as  with 
trumpets  or  speaking  tubes.  'I  he  '.omul  re¬ 
ceiver  collects  sound  from  all  reasonable^  dis- 

which  Nature  intended*  It  is  not  necessary 
to  shout.  Ordinary  speaking  tones  are  carried 
to  the  deaf  person  in  exactly  the  same  volume 
in  which  they  are  given,  and  arc  plainly 
understandable  by  him.  As  soon  as  the  cars 

instrument  for  ni 

General  Acoustic  Co. 



The  Acousticon  and  Microphones 

The  Electrical  Transmission  of  Sound  Waves 

claiming  attention  on  the  ground  tliat  they  are 

as  separate  and  distinct  front  the  otltcr'as  po'ssi- 
lilc.  First,  the  ACOUSTICON,  which  is  a  sound 
magnifier  and  itllensilicr  with  electric  and  micro- 
phonic  attachments,  all  fully  covered  liy  patents, 
which  prevent  duplication. 

Second,  electrical  hearing  devices  giving  only 
microphonic  or  telephonic  service.  Most  of  these 
instruments  arc  constructed  by  telephone  compa¬ 
nies  under  contract,  anti  they  are  stilt!  under  a 

microphones  arc  usually  priced  at  $35.00.  They 
cannot  lie  compared  in  quality  with  the  ACOUS¬ 
TICON,  because  they  cannot  he  adjusted  to  the 

To  meet  the  demand^ for  a  cheap  electrical  hcar- 

pnt  upon  the  market  an  instrument  known  as  the 
PlIONinn;,  which  we  guarantee  to  he  the  equal, 
if  tint  the  superior,  of  any  other  tnicrnphonic 
instrument. .  ^ sell  h  for  $>5.«l,  $10.00  less  than 

The  ACOUSTICON  consists  of  more 
than  400  parts,  but  on  its  surface  shows 
but  four  parts.  The  battery,  earpiece, 
transmitter  and  connecting  cord. 

The  transmitter  is  that  part  of  the  instru¬ 
ment  which  is  worn  on  the  coat  or  vest  and 
receives  and  magnifies  sound.  It  is  con¬ 
structed  to  gather  sound  in  a  circumference 
of  nine  inches  and  to  concentrate  the  full 
power  of  that  sound  at  the  extreme  point 
of  a  sound  focusing  cone  which  is  in  close 
proximity  to  a  peculiarly  constructed  highly 
sensitive  diaphragm.  By  means  of  these 
and  their  relation  to  each  other  the  trans¬ 
mitter  can  magnify  sound  from  100  per 
cent,  to  nearly  500  per  cent,  in  accordance 
with  the  needs  of  each  person  and  to  con¬ 
vey  it  in  its  magnified  condition  to  the  cars. 
An  electric  current  picks  this  magnified 
sound  up  at  this  focused  point  and  carries 
it  to  earpiece. 

This  transmitter  must  be  perfect  if  it  is 
to  give  the  results  for  which  the  ACOUS¬ 
TICON  is  designed.  Every  part  of  the 
transmitter,  diaphragm,  and  cone  must  be 
exact  as  to  thickness  and  shape.  We  dis¬ 
card  hundreds — even  thousands — of  these 
parts  as  not  fulfilling  requirements  and  this 

is  one  of  the  principal  reasons  why  the 
instrument  must  he  as  expensive  as  it  is. 

Every  part  of  the  ACOUSTICON  must 
lie  exact  or  it  will  not  work  truly  and  every 
instrument  is  carefully  tested  and  known  to 
he  absolutely  perfect  before  it  leaves  onr 

It  is  estimated  that  there  arc  forty- 
eight  different  degrees  of  deafness.  The 
ACOUSTICON  by  means  of  its  various 
adjustments  is  equipped  to  meet  them  all 
and  to  give  each  individual  the  exact  degree 
of  accentuated  sound  and  clearness  of  ar¬ 
ticulation  that  lie  requires. 

When  the  hones  of  the  middle  ear  become 
stiffened  or  cemented  together,  sound  waves 
directed  into  them  must  lie  intensified  and 
multiplied.  They  must  be  sharpened  in 
order  to  loosen  and  limber  up  the  hones. 
The  necessary  degree  of  sharpness  varies 
with  individuals.  The  ACOUSTICON  is 
adj'ustcd  by  means  of  instruments  and  trans¬ 
mitters  of  vary ing.  degrees  of  strength  and 
by  means  of  a  series  of  eight  earpieces 
giving  different  degrees  of  accentuated 
sound  and  clearness  of  articulation. 

No  other  electrical  hearing  device  can 
he  so  adjusted. 

The  Acousticon  in  Church 

,  is  a  distinctly 

uetnv  ..w„  ..von  permanently  installed  in 
rc  than  500  chnrchcs  in  all  parts  of  the  United 

The  time  is  not  far  distant  when  being  deaf 
will  not  prevent  a  person  from  visiting  and  enjoy¬ 
ing  the  pleasures  of  all  public  entertainments,  as  in 

addition  to  the  lo....  .  . . . . 

of  theatres,  and  auditoriums  have  provided  them¬ 
selves  with  the  ACOUSTICON.  Thus  a  deaf 
person  obtaining  an  earpiece,  may  secure  a  seat 
with  an  ACOUSTICON  connection  and  enjoy  the 
program  the  same  as  one  with  normal  hearing. 

The  success  of  the  CHURCH  ACOUSTICON 
is  the  best  proof  that  it  is  recognized  as  the  best 
electrical  ^  hearing  device.  ^  No  ^  ®t,lc^org 

few  scattered  elm  relies.  The  demand  for  the 
CHURCH  ACOUSTICON  on  the  other  hand  is 

Any  number  of  earpieces  may  be  connected 

desired  distance  to  accommodate  persons,  who 

The^  fact  that  pastors  and  members  of  con¬ 
gregations  of  leading  chnrchcs  throughout  the 
United  States  and  Canada  are  almost  daily  send¬ 
ing  us  photographs  of  their  churches  for  repro- 
'  —  ,r  printed  matter,  together  wuu  — 


Answering  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  21st  instant 
regarding  Hr.  Edison’s  Acouetioon,  I  believe  that  one  of  our 
nev/or  types  such  os  i  he  type  D  cr  type  F,  descr lotions  of  which 
I  enclose  would  be  far  better  for  ilr.  Edison's  use  than  the  one 
which  he  has. 

i’he  fault  which  he  finds  with  the  instrument  os  to 
"too  much  frying  sounds",  can  be  instantly  done  away  wi  th  by  the 
use  of  earpieces  of  greater  resistance. 

If  Mr.  Edison  would  like  t o t  ly  one  of  these  tyoes 
’whichever  you  would  select,  I  cannot  only  send  him  the  instrument 
but  ar,  assortment  of  earpieces  so  that  you  can  have  him  test 
the  instrument  with  you,  producing  the  proper  amount  of 
articulation  for  his  use.  Of  course,  you ‘under  stand  that  this 
is  usually  done  in  our  office  under  our  own  direction  but 
knowing  how  busy  a  man  Mr.  Edison  is,  I  suggest  the  above  mode 
of  procedure. 

Immediately  upon  your  rec.uost  for  a  trial,  it  v/ill 
bo  sent  to  you  by  express. 

Av/uiting  your  reply,  I  am 

Very  truly  yours. 




Hunsg  or . 



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Yes,  an  absolutely  free  loan-world’s  greatest  phono-' 

graph,  our  new  No.  f»  mode],  1011  oiilIU,  olTered  on  a  free  limit.  .  This  outfit 
includes  the  great  Standard  Kdison  maeiiine,  the  new  iiuiehine  on  which  Mr. 
Kdixon  has  been  working  for  several  years— the  climax  of  this  wonder 
worker’s  skill.  It  eclipses  all  former  phonographs.  It  has  wonderful  im¬ 
provements  nil  its  own  ! 

When  Wc  Say  Free  Loan  Wc  Mean  Free  l.oan.  Wo  will  ship  yo 

a  machine  without  a  cent  down,  ami  without  any  C.  O.  1).  payment  ' 

so  you  can  take  it  right  to  your  own  limn . 1  '  -  *' . !  *' —  v 

hear  vaudeville  sketches,  minstrel  shows,  ^  r 

Is  There  a  Caleb  In  This?  I  will  tell  you  my  reason  for  this  extra 

liberal  offer.  I  feel  that  when  I  ship  you  a  phonograph  < 

that  they* on 

i,  and  help  me 

terms  of  a  month,  and  absolutely  at  Uie 
te  to-day  for  the  Fr< 

Mr.  Edison  Says: 

......  m  “I  want  to  sco  a  Phonograph 

in  every  American  home.  ’  ’ 

„  V  .  V  The  phonograph  is  his  pot  nod  hobby,  and  it  Is  _ 

\  that  the  re  should  Iw  no  homo  hi  the  country  without 

you  ought  to  seize  this  opportunity  to  let  your  family 
hear  the  new slylo  Edison  phonograph  free  for  awliilu 
ami  hear  all  the  music  at  least  u  few  limes  before  slnp- 

^,uI  rcVtcn,!,c,l‘»  IlI™se» 

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FREE  Qatalog 




Under  separate  cover 
I  an  Bending  you  two  photographB  of  Dr. 
Steinmetz  and  yourBelf  taken  at  Frontenao, 


Again  thanking  you  for 
your  kindness  in  permitting  me  to  take  this 
picture,  I  am,  with  kindest  regardB, 

Mr.  H.F.  Miller, 

Sec.  to  Thomas  A.Edisop,  Esq., 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  to  Mr,  Maxim, stating  that 
Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison  has  not  received  the  hook,  which 
Mr.  Maxim  sent  him,  is  received.  Steps  will  immediate¬ 
ly  he  taken  to  trace  the  hook  and  Mr.  Edison  will  probably 
receive  it  very  soon. 

Yours  very  truly, 






New  York,  October  6,  1910. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Dear  Hr.  Edison 

When  you  v;ere  here  'J^ifie^monthi  ago  yo$ 
told  Mr.  Bruch  and  me  that  you  would  soon  be  ready  to  sh^ 
us  a  way  to  greatly  improve  the  neutral  sides  oix^uadSi^lexos^' 
Whenever  you  are  ready  I  shall  be  gl| to 

make  an  appointment. 

lours  truly. 

Electrical  Engineer. 

two  instruments  sent  you  for  Mr.  Edison's  trial?  It  will  give 
us  pleasure  to  hear  your  report. 

Very  truly  yours, 


Mr.  T.  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  E.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

f  \  u  . 

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fa/yy-*'^  ,  ^V^ctober  •% 

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When  I  had  the  pleasure  to  talk  with  you  at  the  last 
Edison  Convention  on  high  voltage  insulation,  you  suggested  the 
formaldehyde  phenol  and  similar  condensation  products,  and  I 
understood  you  to  say,  that  you  had  investigated  a  number  of 
suoh  products,  and  found  methods  of  making  them,  by  which  water 
is  not  split  off  in  the  final  condensation.  We  have  done  some 
experimenting  with  Bakelite  for  insulating  purposes,  are  very 
greatly  interested  in  high  voltage  insulation,  as  obvious,  and 
I  should  be  very  glad,  if  you  would  feel  like  giving  me  infor¬ 
mation  on  the  various  condensation  products  of  this  character, 
which  you  have  studied,  their  properties,  mechanical  and  other¬ 
wise,  their  production  and  their  application,  provided  you  think 
it  advisable  to  do  so. 

At  the  same  time,  I  wish  to  remind  you  of  the  promise 
you  made  me,  to  send  me  a  large  photograph  of  yourself,  with  your 

signature.  I  should  very  greatly  appreciate  it.  I  send  you  one 

of  my  photographs,  taken  by  the  son  of  /  dear  friend  and  former 

employer,  the  late  Mr.  Eickemeyer. 

With  best  regards. 

Sincerely  yours. 


r  Sir: 

Ansvvoring  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  11th  instant, 
am  pleased  to  learn  that  Mr.  Edison  received  the  instruments 
fely  and  is  giving  them  a  thorough  test,  and  is  pleased  wi  th 
of  thorn  which  T  sent  him.  You  do  not  mention  which  type  is 
.  "ing  him  the  best  satisfaction  but  it  is  a  pleasure  to  know  ti¬ 
ls  doing  the  work  which  he  desires. 

I  hope  to  hear  from  you  shortly  regarding  which  one 
to  be  kept. 

I  also  thank  you  for  the  name  of  :ir.  T.  E.  Jenning3, 
cli  shall  have  most  careful  attention. 

Very  truly  yours  , 




not.  17, 


Mr.  Jhomu  A.  Adi. son 

TilwUyn  ’’ark,  H.J. 

Dear  'Air :  - 

During  many  yearn  aciiimin' anee  with  Milton 
?,  Adana  ho  has  frequently  spoken  of  his  early  association 
anti>  with  yon.  Mho  enclosed  lot.  tor  has  informed 
wo  that  ho  is  dying  in  tl  o  -north  Wheeling  Hospital  at  Wheeling 
West  Virginia  after  having  his  foot,  amputated.  ho  Is  -without, 
moans  to  .>ro»i(f«  surgical  and  nursing  attondanoo  or  oven  to 
pay  f unoral  expenses,  and  his  relatives  are  too  poor  to  pro¬ 
vide  for  him.  His  friends  some  of  whom  T  think  you  know , 
are  making  up  a  fund  for  his  relief.  "he  nature  of  his  ill¬ 
ness  makes  it  possible  that  ho  may  linger  for  weeks  and  per¬ 
haps  months. 

T  do  not  know  whether  you  have  been  informed  of 
his  necessities,  and  T  have  therefore  taken  the  liberty  of 
writing  to  you,  in  order  that,  you  may  contribute  towards 
making  ht\s  lastr:dayS  as  comfortable  as  may  bo. 

Mr.  clement  See,  Manager  of  the  Direct  1I.S.  Cable 
Co.  hew  Street  'lev;  York  wildcat  tend  the  forwarding  of  the  con¬ 

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HELD  NOVEMBER  17,  1910. 

PRESENT:  Me  sura.  Wilson,  ,Veber,  Soull  &  Sohiffl. 


A  new  design  for  a  spark  ooil  was  submitted  by 
the  Engineering  Department  and  it  was  agreed  that  one  dozen 
of  these  should  be  made  up  whioh  Mr.  Hudson  is  to  place  with  out¬ 
side  parties  for  test. 


A  suggestion  to  remove  the  numbers  from  jar  o overs 
Hos.  1,  2  and  5  was  adopted  in  order  to  avoid  the  carrying  of 
three  kinds  of  covers  in  stook.  it  is  understood  that  this 
removal  would  necessitate  the  placing  of  labels  on  the  jars; 

Mr.  Hudson  is  to  prepare  the  neoessary  oopy  for  suoh  labels.  This 
ohange  is  not  to  go  into  effect  until  the  present  supply  of  jar 
covers  is  exhausted. 


A  proposition  to  shorten  the  wedged  head  end  of  the 
suspension  bolt  so  as  to  rivet  the  "BSCO"  frame  over  the  bottom  of 
the  head,  making  it  rigid  in  frame  was  adopted.  This  ohange 
was  made  to  oonform  to  the  R  S  A  Standard  and  supersedes  the  Model 
as  adopted  by  Manufhoturing  Committee  September  29,  1910.  • 


In  aooordanoe  with  suggestion  of  Mr.  Hudson,  it 

was  decided,  subjeot  to  the  approval  of  Mr.  Byor,  to  take  up 

60  Sev'-n  Plato  elements, 

200  Five  "  " 

100  Three  "  " 

for  this  Battery  so  that  Mr.  Hudson  oould  have  an  opportunity 
to  plaoe  thorn  with  the  trade  to  try  them  out  under  various 
oiroumstanoes,  and  for  different  uses.  it  is  understood  that 
tools  for  this  purpose  are  nil  complete,  hut  that  the  pookets 
will  he  filled  hy  hand. 


It  was  deoidrd  that  a  sample  battery  with  a  singly 
oxide  plate  element  approximating  200  ampere-hours-oapaoity  for 
ignition  purposes  he  made  up.  The  cell  is  to  he  in  a  rectangular 
metal  jar  and  the  battery  enclosed  in  wooden  boxes. 


The  suggestion  to  make  up  an  experimental  maohine 
for  oasting  Battery  zino  plates  automatically  was  considered  and 
it  was  decided  to  incorporate  suoh  a  oasting  maohine  in  the  lay¬ 
out  of  a  proposed  plant  now  being  made  by  the  Engineer ing  Bep't. 
In  this  connection  it  was  also  deoided  to  investigate  the 
temperature  at  which  zino  is  melted  at  Silver  lake  and  also  the 
advisability  of  moving  the  3ino  Casting  Plant  to  Orange. 


The  suggestion  to  manufacture  a  single  new  type 
"BSCO"  element  with  an  oxide  plate,  approximately  4-1/2  x  4-1/2 
with  zino  plates  to  correspond,  and  a  oapaoity  of  360  ampere 
hours  was  adopted.  ThiB  new  elemont  is  to  be  adopted  for 

the  present  Ho.  5  and  Ho.  9,  and  to  he  made  so  as  to  be  used 
In  plaoe  of  either  of  them. 


The  suggestion  that  ribbing  oxide  plates  might  be 
advantageous  in  baking,  was  considered  and  it  was  decided  that 
if  the  Engineering  Department  can  alter  an  old  mould  so  as  to 
oarry^out  thiB  experiment,  an  experiment  should  be  oarried  out 
on  a  sufficiently  large  soale  to  demonstrate  its  utility. 


It  was  deoided  that  the  Engineering  Department 
should  make  up  a  simple  for  a  substitute  for  our  present 
"Gordon"  connector,  and  submit  it  at  the  next  meeting  of 
ihe  Manufacturing  Committee. 


It  was  deoided  to  adopt  the  suggestion  of  a 
look  nut  on  the  end  of  the  mandrel  according  to  a  Model 
submitted  by  Mr.  ./eber.  This  change  is  to  take  effeot 


It  was  deoided  to  adopt  a  fastening  to  hold  the 
dictating  horn  to  the  ball  joint  connection.  This  ohange  is 
to  take  effeot  at  onoe. 


It  was  deoided  to  make  a  longer  pin  and  provide 
a  look  nut  for  this  pin  to  obviate  its  accidental  displacement. 

This  ohange  to  take  effeot  at  once. 


'  The  proposition  to  out  out  the  reo order  oup 
on  the  underside  opposite  the  weight  hinge  to  prevent  the 
weight  from  stioking  from  an  accumulation  of  wax  was  adopted. 
This  ohange  to  take  effeot  at  onoe. 


It  was  decided  to  change  the  ourve  on  the  sound 
modifier  on  the  Business  Phonograph  to  prevent  the  breaking  of 
the  rubber  connection,  because  of  the  shortness  of  the  bend 
This  change  to  take  effect  when  the  present  stock  is  exhausted. 

It  was  decided  to  place  a  lug  0n  the  end  casting 
of  the  resistance  support  so  ihat  it  would  be  impossible  to 
turn  this  hexagon  rod  around.  This  change  to  take  place  on 
fte  next  lot  of  castings  and  on  those  already  in  stock  a  small 
Piece  is  to  be  provided  for  the  same  purpose. 


It  was  decided  to  do  amy  with  these  parts  since 
they  are  of  no  use  under  the  present  construction. 


It  was  deoided  to  provide  hardened 

steel  bushings' 

for  shutter  shaft  on  the  frame  side  of  the  Model  "B"  and  Exhibition 
naohine,  and  also  on  the  frame  sides  and  braokets  of  the  Model  "E" 
outside  shutter  type.  Additional  metal  is  provided  on  the  oust¬ 
ing  (side  frame)  for  this  purpose,  and  the  frames  on  hand  are  to 
be  used  up  so  for  as  possible  on  the  Ixhibition  Model. 

OOVEB  1T0R  P.  K.  MAOillHES. 

After  a  disoussion  as  to  the  possible  utility 
of  the  oovers  at  the  present  time  provided  for  P.  K.  Ma¬ 
chines,  it  was  deoided  to  investigate  the  possibility  of 
substituting  for  the  present  wooden  oover  a  oheap  enameled 
leather  bag . 


It  was  deoided  to  nuke  up  new  stamps  for  the 
Bates -and  ,  isard  maohines  to  be  used  when  made  specially 
and  non-automatio .  Cost  of  the  same  estimated  by  Mr. 

Hedfearn  as  .;p60.00. 




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New  Jersey. 

My  dear  Edison, 

We  are  at  present  working  on  metal  filaments  made  of  wire 
drawn  direct  from  Wolfram  metal,  and  I  am  sending  you  herewith  a  sample 
of  wire  which  has  been  drawn  out  of  Wolfram  (not,  however,  by  us)  .  I 

know  that  you  are  well  up  in  all  the  various  kinds  of  metals,  and  it 
has  struck  me  that  you  could  perhaps  help  me  in  thiB  matter. 

Could  you  give  me  a  few  hints  from  your  life-long  experience 
as  to  what  other  metals  besides  Wolfram  and  Uran  could  stand  the  high 
pressures  or  heat  necessary  for  the  manufacture  of  these  filaments,  and 
of  which  wire  could  be  made?1  There  is,,  no  doubt,  plenty  of  literature 
on  this  subject,  but,  unfortunately,  it  is  unknown  to  me,  and  I  should, 
therefore,  be  very  glad  if  you  could  also  let  me  have  some  information 
on  this  point. 

The  time  is  coming  when  lamp  manufacturers  will  adopt  the 

BERGMANN  ELECTRICAL  WORKS  (machine  department). 


Thoma8  A.  Edison  Esq.,  Llewellyn  Park,  Orange. 

method  of  making  filaments  of  drawn  wire,  as  the  percentage  of  breakage 
of  lamps  with  the  ordinary  squirted  filaments  is  Btill  very  high.  In 
fact,  the  General  Electric  Co.  are  already  working  on  this  problem, 
and,  as  I  understand,  pretty  successfully. 

No  doubt  you  know  how  the  Wolfram  filaments  are  now  made. 

The  Wolfram  powder  is  made  ouf  of  Wolfram  acid  and  then  mixed  to  a 
paste  .  This  paste  is  squirted  through  dies  under  high  pressure  and 
the  filament  is  then  formed  under  electric  current  into  a  wire.  In  view 
of  this  process,  you  can  imagine  how  very  much  more  cheaply  and  simply 
a  lamp  could  be  made  if  it  were  possible  to  produce  the  filaments 
out  of  ordinary  drawn  wire. 

What  I  now  want  to  know  is,  in  what  form  the  mffitals  can  be 
obtained,  and  which  would  be  the  proper  way  to  roll  and  draw  same,  cold 
or  hot,  into  such  a  fine  wire  as  the  enclosed  sample.  Perhaps  you 
are  inclined  to  tackle  this  problem  and  manufacture  such  wires  your¬ 
self  for  lamp  filaments  and  other  purposes  for  the  open  market.  In 
any  case,  I  should  be  very  glad  if  you  could  let  me  have  any  informa¬ 
tion  or  hints  on  the  subject. 

With  all  best  wishes  to  you  and  your  family  for  a  merry 
Christmas  and  a  happy  tfew  Year,  I  am, 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 


I  told  you  so. 

(signed)  Foley. 

He  puts  on  no  frills.— he  looks  good  t 
^gd  I  guess  will  make  good. 

^  (signed)  Edison. 

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December  7 ,  1910 

ff.  i’.  Miller, 

/o  Thornes  Edison, 

Mast  Orange,  II.  J. 

Me  woke  yea  a  number  of  days  ago  upon  receipt  of 
fttioustioons  returned  from  Mr.  Kdi  son,  re  gar  di  np  t  lie  extra 
ieces  which  wore  sent  you  at  the  time  the  j  nst  rumen  ts  were 



HELD  DECEMBER  8,  1910. 

Messrs.  Wilson,  Weber,  Scull  &  Sohiffl. 


Model  of  a  detachable  bottom  carton  for  Business 
Phonograph  was  submitted  and  adopted.  The  manufacture  of  this 
new  device  is  to  begin  at  once;  the  stock  of  the  present  type 
of  boxes,  however,  being  kept  up  so  as  surely  over-lap  the 
manufacture  of  tfto  new  Model. 


The  estimate  of  the  Cost  Department  for  the  cost 
of  the  manufacture  of  the  new  Bliss  Motor  providing  for  both 
Direct  and  Alternating  Current  up  to,  but  not  including  133 
cyolds  was  submitted.  This  co3t  including  the  ovorhead  expense 
and  profits  to  tho  Works  was  shown  to  be  substantially  the  same 
as  the  present  cost  of ^.C.  motor,  and  it  was  agreed  that  a 
Production  Order  for  13  Bliss  Motors  should  be  plaoed  at  once, 
these  motors  to  be  built  of  different  types  so  that  they  could 
bo  tried  out  under  different  circumstances  to  make  Bure  that  they 
were  correct,  before  actually  using  them  on  machine  for  regular 
production.  It  was  decided  to  make  three  of  these  motors  of 
slow  speed  for  use  in  the  Business  Phonographs,  up  to  and  includ¬ 
ing  100  cycles,  and  three  for  over  100  cycles;  three  of  these 
motors  are  to  be  made  of  sufficiently  high  speed  to  be  used  in 
the  new  shaving  machine  and  are  to  be  designed  to  take  care  of 

100  cycles,  and  three  of  them  to  take  care  of  133  cycles.  7/hen 
these  high  speed  motors  are  sent  out  for  test  on  shaving  machines 
the  Engineering  Department  should  fiiako  suitable  changes  in  the 
pulleys  so  as  to  use  them  in  the  old  design  of  machines. 


Sample  Gordon  Connector  with  the  nut  staked  on  the 
middle  of  a  threaded  rod  was  submitted  and  adopted. 


It  was  decided  to  extend  the  horn  crane  as  at 
present  about  three  inches  to  prevent  extreme  side  motion  of 
the  horn  when  the  arm  swings;  this  change  to  take  place  when 
the  present  stook  is  exhausted. 


It  was  agreed  to  shorten  the  whole  length  of  the 
tube  about  2-1/2  inches.  This  change  to  take  place  when  the 
present  stock  is  exhausted. 


It  was  decided  to  place  an  open  link  connection 
on  the  end  of  the  Universal  resistance  on  which  a  tied  loop 
of  the  attachment  cord  could  be  slipped  so  aB  to  obviate  the 
necessity  for  the  consumer  to  tie  this  knot. 


It  was  decided  to  oatfttwo  small  lugs  on  the 
pedestal  top  of  the  Business  Phonograph  to  provide  holding 

fingers  for  the  square  nut  of  the  tie  rod  for  pedestal. 


In  view  of  the  report  of  the  Cost  Department  that 
the  total  cost  would  he  substantially  unaltered,  it  was  decided 
that  hereafter  the  following  parts  should  be  brass  or  copper 
plated  before  nickeling; 

cabinet  hardware,  exoept  cover  hinges, 
resistance  tube  bolt  and  cord  loop 
horn  crane  base  and  clamp  screws, 
recorder  and  reproducer  guards,  Bteel  pointer, 
swivel  plate  handle, 

feed  screw  oover  and  resistance  binding  post  screws. 

The  following  parts  are  to  be  japanned  instead 

of  niokel  plated  as  at  the  present  time : 

cabinet  cover  hinges  and  horn  crane  bracket  complete 
exoe nt  screws.  ' 

BUSINESS  PHONOGRAPH  steel  cabinet. 

In  view  of  estimates  submitted  by  outside 

parties  for  the  manufacture  of  the  steel  cabinet  Model,  Mr. 

Weber  was  requested  to  make  an  estimate  of  the  cost  of 

production^tools  and  cabinets  here. 


It  was  agreed  that  viler  ever  the  numbers  of  the 

Battery  have  been  removed  from  the  jar  covers  in  order  to 

reduoe  stock  as  was  provided  at  a  previous  meeting,  a  small 

ridge  should  be  oast  on  the  jar  cover  to  provide  a  place  in 

which  the  label  should  be  placed.  This  change  is  not  to  go  into 

effect  until  the  jar  oover  moulds  are  altered  for  other  reasons. 

BBC.  lo,  1910, 

G.  F.  SCUlI,. 

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My  jua  X*  **« 

I*am  enclosing  you  copy  If  the  profit  sharing  and 

i  been  inaugurated  in  the  Brooklyn  Edisoj 

Company,  and  which  you  will  i 

( Enclosure ) 


-  G— 


Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Company  of  Brooklyn 

December  12,  1910. 

T o  the  Employes  of 

Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Company  of  Brooklyn: 

It  is  a  matter  of  congratulation  not  only  to  you,  but  to  the 
Directors  and  Officers  of  the  Company  that  the  expansion  of  the  Company’s 
business  has  made  it  possible  to  put  into  effect  a  plan  whereby  you  become 
direct  participants  in  the  prosperity  of  the  Company. 

The  Directors  are'  now  able  to  recognize  in  a  substantial 
manner  the  faithful  services  of  our  employes  to  whose  efficiency  and  loyalty  the 
progress  of  the  Company  is  largely  due. 

In  recognizing  in  this  manner  the  good  service  rendered  by 
our  employes,  the  Company  is  inaugurating  a  plan  which  it  is  hoped  will 
stimulate  them  to  habits  of  thrift  and  industry  and  at  the  same  time  encourage 
even  closer  co-operation  between  the  Company  and  its  employes. 




Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Company  of  Brooklyn 



pffiriom  qprvi  Directors  of  the  Company,  in  recognition  of  faithful  and 
"""If  se7,,  aJ!d  for  the  ““uragement  of  thrift  and  investment  in  the 
follow  nt°Vhe  ?°mpany  on  the  PJrt  °f  ‘he  employes,  have  authorized  the 
following  plan  of  profit-sharing  and  pensions  as  an  addition  to  the  welfare 
plans  now  in  operation. 

The  distribution  of  these  profits  and  pensions  will  be  in  the 
of  Twe  Hi  3  fm7,tteu  j  be  kno'v,n  as  the  Provident  Committee,  consisting 

.?r"lbrtg  G»«»i 

The  Provident  Committee  shall  act  by  unanimous  vote  of  the 
members  present  at  any  meeting,  and  any  matters  upon  which  the  Committee 
is  not  unanimous  shall  be  determined  by  the  Executive  Committee  of  the 

STeTn'n/f  fC.rTlee  Sha"  ch°°Se  jts  own  officers  aad  Prescribe  rules 
tor  the  conduct  of  the  business  committed  to  it,  not  inconsistent  with  the 
following  rules  and  regulations: 


.  „  .  . ,,  At  tbe  end  °f  >7  year  1910,  employes  will  be  credited  with 

a  sum  out  of  the  profits  of  the  Company  s  operations  for  that  year,  in  accord¬ 
ance  with  the  following  schedule: 

,  e.  M  i  JT°  th°Se  employes  wh°  have  been  in  the  Company’s  service 
wo  fuH  calendar  years,  a  percentage  of  their  salary  or  wages  for  the  year 

Z r,B“" of  *•  ““  °f  di»d»d‘  i»id «"  =>pm 

s  2£,rs;  “  •-*■*  *•  *  p-a  - 

f.,11  l  JT°  ,hoSe  emPloyes  who  have  been  in  the  Company’s  service 
four  full  calendar  years,  a  percentage  of  their  salary  or  Wages  for  the  year 


1910,  equivalent  to  three-quarters  of  the  rate  of  dividends  paid  on  the  capital 
stock  during  the  year. 

To  those  who  have  been  in  the  Company’s  service  five 
full  calendar  years,  or  more,  a  percentage  of  their  salary  or  wages  for 
the  year  1910,  equivalent  to  the  full  dividend  rate  paid  on  the  capital  stock 
during  the  year. 

This  profit-sharing  plan  is  adopted  for  the  current  year  only, 
and  it  will  continue  from  year  to  year  only  as  the  Board  of  Directors  may 
adopt  it  for  each  year.  Provisions  herein  for  more  than  one  year  arc 
contingent  upon  the  adoption  of  the  plan  by  the  Board  of  Directors  for 
subsequent  years. 

The  amount  of  these  credits  will  be  paid  in  cash  to  the 
Trustees  of  the  Brooklyn  Edison  Investment  Fund  to  the  credit  of  the 
individual  employes  and  shall  be  subject  to  the  conditions  and  by-laws  of  the 
said  Fund,  which  are  annexed  hereto,  except  as  modified  by  the  following 
special  restrictions: 

The  sum  credited  in  any  year  cannot  be  withdrawn  within 
three  years,  except  with  the  consent  of  the  Provident  Committee  and  for  one 
of  the  following  reasons: 

To  make  payments  upon  the  purchase  of  a  home. 
Because  of  death  of  the  employe. 

Unusual  necessity  in  the  opinion  of  the  Committee. 

All  moneys  or  credits  to  which  any  employe  would  be  other¬ 
wise  entitled  and  which  have  not  previously  been  subject  to  withdrawal  at 
the  option  of  the  employe,  shall  be  wholly  forfeited  by  him,  and  shall  revert 
to  the  Company,  or  if  already  paid  to  the  Investment  Fund,  shall  revert  to 
the  Fund,  in  the  event  that: 

Such  employe  is  discharged  by  the  Company  for 
misconduct;  or 

Such  employe  leaves  the  employment  of  the  Company 
without  giving  the  Company  one  month’s  prior  notice  in 
writing,  unless  the  necessity  of  this  notice  is  waived  in 
writing  by  the  Company  at  the  time  of  leaving;  or 
Such  employe  without  the  written  consent  of  the 
Committee  assigns  to  any  one  or  attempts  to  transfer,  sell 
or  encumber  any  interests  he  may  have  in  said  amounts; 

employe  snail  Decome  insolvent  o 

Ji  UdUKrupC. 

1.  r  7he,Provi<jent  Committee  may,  in  its  discretion',  withhold  a 
>r  all  of  the  share  of  profit  to  which  an  employe  might  otherwise  be 


entitled,  if,  for  any  reason,  the  Committee  may  be  of  the  opinion  that  such 
employe  ought  not  to  receive  or  have  the  benefit  of  the  same;  and  if  any  sum 
shall  be  so  withheld  by  the  Committee,  such  employe  shall  in  no  event  have 
any  interest  in  the  sum  so  withheld. 

In  case  of  the  forfeiture  of  any  employe’s  profits,  the 
Committee  may,  in  their  discretion,  give  the  same  to  the  family  of  said 

Any  employe  who  leaves  the  employment  of  the  Company 
and  gives  one  months  notice  of  his  intention  to  do  so,  shall  be  entitled  to 
withdraw  the  share  of  profit  theretofore  credited  to  him  at  the  expiration  of  six 
months  from  the  date  of  giving  such  notice,  after  which  period  of  six  months 
the  share  of  such  employe  if  not  withdrawn  will  cease  to  participate  in 
dividends  or  profits  of  the  Investment  Fund. 

1  ,  oAfte,r  three  success!ve  annual  sums  have  been  credited  to  any 

employe,  the  Provident  Committee  will,  on  request  of  such  employe,  deliver 
stock  certificate  for  the  number  of  full  shares  covered  by  such  credit  less  the 
amount  of  the  last  preceding  year’s  credit,  at  a  price  which  the  Provident 
Committee  shall  determine  to  be  the  average  cost  price  of  the  stock  held  by 
the  Brooklyn  Edison  Investment  Fund. 

Upon  the  death  of  any  employe,  his  profits  may  be  immedi¬ 
ately  withdrawn  by  his  family,  next  of  kin  or  legal  representative,  conditioned 
upon  the  presentation  of  proofs  satisfactory  to  the  Committee. 

,  i  ,  ,  .No  restrictions  are  placed  upon  the  withdrawal  of  dividends 
declared  by  the  Investment  Fund  upon,  the  profit-sharing  investments 
of  the  employes;  and  none  of  the  restrictions  placed  upon  the  profit-sharing 
investments  shall  apply  in  any  way  to  the  moneys  paid  into  the  Fund 
directly  by  the  employes. 

The  Company  expressly  reserves  and  will  exercise  its  right 
and  privilege  to  discharge  from  its  service  at  any  time  any  employe,  when  its 
interests  so  warrant,  without  liability  for  any  share  of  profits. 


The  Provident  Committee  shall  have  power  to  make  and 
enforce  rules  and  regulations  to  determine  the  eligibility  of  employes  to  receive 
pension  allowances,  to  fix  the  amount  of  such  allowances  and  to  prescribe  the 
conditions  under  which  such  allowances  shall  be  paid,  subject  to  the  following 

Any  employe  who  attains  or  who  shall  have  atta 
age  of  sixty-five  years,  and  who  shall  have  been 
ten  years  continuously  in  the  service  of  the  Cc 
may  be  pensioned  either  at  his  option  or  that 

ined  the 

of  the 


Any  employe  who  has  been  at  least  ten  years 
continuously  in  the  service,  and  who,  in  the  opinion  of 
the  Provident  Committee,  has  become  unfitted  for  full 
duty,  may  be  retired  and  pensioned.  Any  such  employe 
may  make  application  for  pension  or  be  recommended  by 
his  employing  officer  for  retirement. 

Pension  allowances  authorized  are  to  be  computed  upon  the 

following  basis: 

For  each  year  of  continuous  service,  not  less  than  I  per  cent, 
nor  more  than  2  per  cent,  of  the  average  pay  received  for  the  five  years  next 
preceding  retirement,  provided  that  no  pension  shall  exceed  50  per  cent,  of  the 
wages  paid -at_the-timc-of -retirement ;  except. that  pensions  of  employes  whose 
annual  salaries  exceed  $2,500  shall  be  fixed  by  the  Executive  Committee  of 
the  Company. 

...  ,  Tta  Board  of  Directors  of  this  Company  reserve  the  right  to 
establish  a  new  and  lower  basis  of  pension  allowances,  if  at  any  time  it  shall 
be  found  that  the  basis  adopted  will  create  demands  in  excess  of  $25,000  per 
year.  Notice  of  such  new  basis,  however,  will  be  given  before  the  first  of 
the  calendar  year  dunng  which  it  may  be  decided  to  put  the  same  into  effect. 

i  .•  ,  „F!ensi0?,  allo'™nces  when  authorized  pursuant  to  these 

regulations  shall  be  paid  monthly  during  the  life  of  the  beneficiary,  provided 
however,  that  in  case  of  misconduct,  allowances  may  be  withheld  or 
disconhnued  at  the  option  of  the  Provident  Committee. 


No  assignment  of  pensions  shall  be  valid  or  binding  on  the 

No  action  of  the  Board  of  Directors  in  establishing  a  system 
o  pensions,  and  no  action  of  the  Provident  Committee  in  the  administration 
of  the  Pension  Fund,  shall  be  construed  as  giving  to  any  employe  the  right 
to  be  retained  in  the  service,  or  any  right  or  claim  to  any  pension  allowance. 

j  ■  Comp,any  exPress,y  reserves  and  will  exercise  its  right 

and  privilege  to  discharge  from  its  service  at  any  time  any  employe,  when  its 
interests  so  warrant,  without  liability  for  pension. 

December  12,  1910. 



VV1?  k-l. Dickson, 

Personal  &  Confidential. 


P.  Hiller  Esij., 

Secretary,  Thomas  Edison’s  laboratory, 
Orange,  Hew  Jersey.  U.S.A* 

My  dear  Harry, 

I  am  taking  this  opportunity,  of  wishing  you  and  your 
dear  ones  a  happy  Hew  Year,  which  I  hope  you  will  also  convey 
to  your  sister  at  the  same  time. 

I  should  he  glad  if  you  would  give  Mr.  Edison  a  friend¬ 
ly  warning  in  regard  to  two  individuals,  in  whom  I  have  no  con¬ 
fidence  primarily  our  old  friend  (?)  Mr.  Stewart  ^f’chilian 
and  now  of  Motorcar  fame,  who  has  behaved  disgraoefully  here  to 
friends  who  started  him  and  his  inventions  and  has  left  them  all 
in  the  luroh.  I  fancy  he  has  left  for  America  with  the  idea 
of  calling  on  you,  through  the  instrumentality  of  his  friend 
Mr.  Dick,  however  a  word  in  Season  will  be  all  that  is  necessary 
as  you  and  Mr.  Edison  were  good  enough  to  warn  me  about  the 
same  gentleman.  The  other  party  is  a  Mr.  Reeser,  who  is  an  out 
and  out  fraud ; and  a  man  sb  far  as  I  understand ( entirely  without 
Ifihdipla,  he  pretends  to  have  discovered  a  secret  prooess  for 
making  a  non-inflammable  Celluloid,  1  enclose  a  sorap  whioh  he 
left  here  some  time  ago,  and  which ( he  inadvertently  let  out,  he 
had  sent  a  sample  ofjto  Mr.  Edison  this  year.  It  strikes  me 


thia  prooess  is  a  faka  and  probably  pirate\  I  could  have  bought 
this  for  £35.  if  x  had  wanted  to.  y0u  could  compare  the  sample 
I  am  sending  with  the  one  he  sent,  if  he  has  done  so. 

You  will  understand  that  this  information  must  be  strict¬ 
ly  private  between  you  and  Mr.  Edison. 

With  kind  regards  and  best  wishes. 

Yours  truly. 

W*'  *\* 



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HELD  DEC.  29th,  1910, 

PRESENT:  Messrs,  Dyer,  Wilson,  Weber  and  Soull, 


Mr.  Weber  presented  plans  oovering  a  proposal  to 
move  !:fo,  17  Building  aoross  Columbia  Street  to  be  converted 
to  the  uses  of  the  primary  Battery  manufacture  now  carried 
on  at  Silvor  Lake,  Mr,  Weber  was  requested  to  ascertain 
whether  or  not  a  proper  water  supply  for  the  manufacture  could 
be  obtained  here  before  prerenting  the  plans  to  Mr.  Edison, 

A  suggestion  to  purchase  from  the  Rookwell  Furnace 
Co.,  a  small  furnace  for  experimental  use  on  battery  plates 
for  v^-j.OO,  as  covered  in  their  letter  of  Deo,  1st,  1910, 
was  considered,  and  it  was  decided  that  such  a  furnace  should 
not  be  purchased  at  this  time. 


Mr.  Saltzman  reported  on  the  progress  of  a  work 
on  the  sample  Hiamp  Batteries  now  in  progress  of  manufacture, 
and  it  was  decided  that  two  n ew  moulds  for  Hiamp  Zincs  should 
be  made  up  at  once. 

suspension  bolt,  "bsoo"  battery: 

A  model  of  a  new  type  of  suspension  bolt  for  flat  jar 
oovors,  and  to  meet  R.  S.  A.  Speeif inations,  including  a  four-pronged 
piece  and  flat  threaded  nut  was  submitted,  and  adopted  for  all  types 
whore  a  rigidly  fixed  suspension  bolt  was  required,  and  also  for 
use  in  connection  with  flat  covered  jar  renewals. 

P^RIi’O HATCH  fOR  iilltf  PLAUB; 

Jir.  Scull  reported  the  necessity  for  an  additional 
perforator  in  the  Jilin  Plant  in  view  of  the  foot  that  the  pre¬ 
sent  equipment  was  barely  sufficient  to  meet  the  needs  and  gave 
no  lee-way  for  repairs  on  the  msohino3.  A  report  was  submitted 
showing  that  the  last  two  Jronoh  Perforating  nohinos  cost  us, 
when  the  oost  of  alterations  was  included,  #1730,00,  A  proposal 
of  the  Bell  A.  Howell  company  of  Chicago  for  a  perforator  giving 
twice  the  capacity  for  something  less  thun  #10  0.00  was  con¬ 
sidered,  and  Hr.  Scull  was  instructed  to  take  up  the  matter  with 
tho  Bell  &  Howell  people  to  ascertain  just  exactly  what  their 
bid  covered,  and  if  the  price  woe  reasonable  to  proceed  with 
its  purchase. 


A  suggestion  to  attach  those  hearing  tubes  to  the 
hinge  body  by  means  of  a  clamping  screw  was  considered,  and 
decided  to  ascertain  the  cost  involved  before  proceeding  further 


A  suggestion  to  ohange  from  the  present  pin  con¬ 
struction  to  a  slotted  construction  in  the  ball  joint  of  the 
horn  orano  was  adopted,  but  bofore  adopting  the  further  sug¬ 
gestion  that  the  horn  crane  be  made  of  heavier  stook,  it  was 
decided  that  the  Engineering  Department  Bhould  make  up  a  model 
of  a  longer  orano,  as  approved  last  meeting, of  the  heavier  material. 


A  suggestion  to  place  a  separator  on  the  pin  tips 
of  the  D.  C.  attachment  cord  v/here  they  enter  the  resistance  vma 


A  model  of  a  new  mouth  piece  for  the  Business  Phono¬ 
graph  Speaking  Tube,  as  well  sb  a  new  crane  support  for  it  was 
presented,  but  it  was  decided  to  ascertain  exaotly  the  cost  in¬ 
volved  before  proceeding  further  with  it.  It  was  suggested  that 
the  matter  be  taken  up  with  the  Tea  Troy  Company,  to  see  what  they 
could  manufacture  the  mouth  pieces  for. 


It  was  decided  to  adopt  as  a  covering  for  the  K. 
Heads  a  large  bag  according  to  the  model  submitted  by  the  Engi¬ 
neering  Department,  sufficiently  large  to  cover  the  whole  mecha¬ 
nism,  including  the  upper  film  box.  The  matter  is  to  bo  taken 

up  with 

Department  to  determine  the  best  quality 

o  used  for  this  purpose. 


irding  to  price  which  could  bi 

TRADE  MARK  PLATE  D1  OR  P.  _ K.  M  .CHINES  /Mil)  PHOHOflRAPffa ; 

It  was  deoidea  that  th  present  niokel-plated, 
hand  made,  trade-mark  plates  should  he  abolished  so  far  as 
the  Idelia  Machines  are  oono'ornod.  Mo  trade-mark  plate 
whatever  is  to  bo  attached  to  these  maohines.  The  present 
type  of  plate  is  to  be  oontinued  on  suoh  special  Triumph 
lUohines  as  are  boIc'.  A  special  ohemically  engraved  plate 
is  to  bo  mode  up  for  the  P,  K.  Machine s. 

G.  fAsoULL. 

Deo.  30th,  1910, 

1910.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Articles  (D-10-17) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  requesting  Edison  to  write  articles, 
correspondence  relating  to  books  and  articles  about  Edison  and  his  inventions, 
and  letters  from  journalists  seeking  to  interview  Edison  or  soliciting  his 
statements  for  publication.  Among  the  items  for  1910  are  numerous  letters 
pertaining  to  the  two-volume  biography,  Edison:  His  Life  and  Inventions,  by 
Frank  L.  Dyer  and  Thomas  C.  Martin.  Also  included  are  letters  regarding  a 
proposed  biography  of  Edison  for  young  readers,  items  concerning  the  sale  of 
a  notebook  of  escapement  drawings  executed  by  Edison  in  1872, 
correspondence  from  Hudson  Maxim  and  Samuel  Insull,  and  a  draft  by  Edison 
of  an  article  on  "the  flexible  wealth  of  the  United  States." 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  consist  primarily  of  requests  for  statements  and  interviews 
that  received  only  a  perfunctory  response  from  Edison.  Also  not  selected  are 
copies  of  letters  to  Maxim  praising  his  book,  The  Science  of  Poetry. 

Our  paper  has  about  80,000  subscribers ,  chiefly 
young  men  and  women,  and  I  intend  to  U3e  the  number  appearing 
ju3t  before  your  next  birthday,  February  11,  for  a  series  of 
inspiring  incidents  from  your  life.  I  have  a  fine  photograph 
of  you  in  your  library,  which  I  shall  use  on  the  cover  of  the 
number.  I  want  to  make  that  number  express  something  of  the 
profound  admiration  for  your  work  that  X  have  had  from  boy¬ 
hood,  and  bring  to  our  young  folks  something  of  the  stimulus 
which  your  life  has  always  brought  to  me. 

I  very  muoh  hope  that  you  will  send  some  greeting,  short 
or  long,  to  these  young  men  and  women  through  that  number.  They 
would  all  value  it,  as  I  certainly  should.  It  would  be  especial 
ly  helpful  if  you  would  tell  them  about  some  of  the  influences 

that  have  moved  your  life  to  its  development  and  contributed 
to  your  success,  but  any  advice  you  might  give  them  relative  to 
their  work  and  to  making  the  most  of  themselves  would  be  grate¬ 
fully  received  and  appreciated.  Will  you  not  do  this,  for  the 
sake  of  that  great  company  of  young  people? 

Sincerely  yours, 


Jon.  25,  1010. 

Door  itx'.  Wells: 

If  ’Kioto  la  any  noosnco  I  oon  givo  that  nAgfet  bo 
of  value  to  your  young  people,  it  would  bo  this:  to  to  inter¬ 
ested  deeply  in  v;h  tc;vor  thoy  unuort .  ho  on  nay  to  doing  "t  tho 
r.som.cnt;  to  disiiiac  from  their  minds  everything  oloo  tut  tho  ono 
thine  '  <W  '  v>.  doin';  at  tho  tino,  and  to  thin]:  only  of  th.  t  ono 
thing  in  all  ito  bouringc,  frorn  every  view  point,  and  to'  to 
met  or  of  it.  Don’t  mind  th-.  oloot,  tut  hoop  t  it  and  lot 
nature  indicato  tho' necessity  for  root.  After  rooting,  go 
at  tho  worh  age  in  with  to  sane  intoroot .  Sho  world  pays  . 
tic  prices  to  r.ion  who  I:now- 

Co  aoeonplish  things  there  t&wt  first  to  on  idea  of 
possibility,  then  tho  watchword  must  to  "CRT’;  and  hoop  on 
trying  with  onthuoiaoa  and  a  thorough  belief  in  cm -ability  to 
cuccood.  If  you  aro  convinced  that  a  certain  tMng  o  n  to 
dona,  nover  nind  what  tho  world  says  to  tho  contrary,  tut 
try,-  osrporinont,  if  you  roe.lly  intcrcstod. 

forgot  ontiroly  tho  word  "disappointment".  Fail¬ 
ures,  so-called,  arc  tut  firmer  posts  point  Inf;  out  the  right 
direction  to  those  who  aro  willlnc  to  loam. 

So  far  as  I  ocn  soo,  .thooo  prinoiploo  have  influonood 
no  in  tho  yoarc  th  t  bftY.e^BMgeQA., Ip.,  .addition,  I  have  always 



ooliovod  that  hard  void;  and  a  living  $qiv  vi\X  intcroot  :ln  ovory- 
thine  that  ml:oo  for  taunan  procrooa  v/ill  sb1:o  a  man  or  womcm 
vnlunhlc  to  thonoolvoa  nd  to  tho  world. 

V.fith  crootineo  and  -11  yood  vdohoo  to  your  yo unc 
poonlo,  I  rorr.ln, 

Youro  oinooi’oly, 

Anoc  :  .  V/ollo, 
3or;tou,  I'uatJ. 


fk  Thut? 



O^Z-t-eJLc..  I’KVNI-  L.  I,vi!lt 


. 1,1.80 _ 

January  20,  1910, 

^r.  -locdov/croft , 

I  hand  you  horov/itli  lot  tor  datod  Jon.  0  from  I  Jr. 
i.'iebott  to  Mr,  Stovons,  and  if  you  cun  got  tho  timo  I  wish  you  v/ould 
proparo  a  short  article  on  fir.  Edison  for  tho  magazine  roforred  to. 
Defer once  night  ho  rnndo  to  our  hook.  You  know,  of  o  our  so,  that  Kr/ 
JMison  lias  mot  lira.  Diaz  and  I  tliink  President  Dias  also,  so  that 
a  pleasant  roforonco  to  his  friendly  intorost  in  Mexican  matters 
might  be  made.  Of  course,  if  you  havo  not  the  time,  thon  I  v/ould 

not  bother  about  it  bocauno  it  really  is  not  vory  important,  but 

thoro  might  bo  some  slight  advertising  value  in  the  article,  and  v;o 
aro  vory  anxious  to  do  all  we  can  to  build  up  our  Mexican  business. 


January  2 6,  1910, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq,., 

Edison's  laboratory 
Orange,  N.  J. 

My  Dear  Edison: 

I  am  very  anxious,  indeed,  to  get  an  article 
signed  by  you  for  "Popular  Electricity"  on  any  subject  in  connection 
with  the  art  which  you  may  choose.  I  spoke  to  Mr.  T.  C.  Martin 
about  the  matter  the  last  time  I  was  in  ITew  York,  and  X  also  spoke 
to  hi|ii  about  it  v/hen  he  was  here  the  other  day.  If  you  aro  willing 
to  do  me  thiB  personal  favor,  Mr.  Martin  will  undertake  to  write 
the  article,  and  I  am  sure  he  would  write  one  which  would  be 
satisfactory  to  you  and  which  you  v/ould  not  have  any  objection  to 
signing.  X  have  asked  Hr.  Martin  to  see  you  again  about  it  before 
you  go  to  Elorida. 

I  hope  your  trip  South  will  do  you  lots  of  good,  and 
with  kind  regards,  believe  me 

Yours  very  sincerely 


/ New  York,  March  2ist,  X910. 

vtf  ;  JC'  V  />> 

dear  Mr  Dyer:  «■■  V » 

.  ,  Y°u  have  sent  me  the  manuscript  of  the  pro- 

ll?5®d  Sh3pte£,?n  pettent  infringements  in  your  forthcoming 
hlle  of  Mr.  Edison,  and  you  ask  me  to  make  suggestions.  That 
is  always  a  delicate  task,  hut  you  so  urgently  request  me  to 
give  my  views  and  to  do  so  v/ith  entire  frankness,  that  I  will¬ 
ingly  comply.  Presumably  this  Life  will  take  a  permanent 

ef,n£J?  f8el  thtit  d11  of  UB  wh0  hrtVe  teen 
i-entified  v/ith  Mr.  Edison  should  render  you  whatever  aid  you 

1  h*Te  read  over  this  chapter  on  infringe- 
ments  three  times,  as  follows:  Eirst,  to  get  a  general  view 
of  it;  next,  to  see  how  it  would  probably  strike  an  average 
reader;  and,  tnira,  to  decide  what  criticism  to  make.  As  you 
appear  to  want  me  to  find  fault  rather  than  to  pay  compliments, 
I  shall  spend  no  time  in  telling  you  of  the  good  points  in  the 
chapter,  but  shall  proceed  at  once  to  criticize. 

i After  all  three  readings  of  your  chapter,  I 
felt  that  somwthdns  was  wanting.  I  said  to  myself:  "The  Author 
has^  stated  how  many  Edison  patent  suits  were  brought,  and  how 
mucn  they  cost,  and  that  the  most  important  of  all  was  the  lamp 
patent  suit,  but  he  has  not  clearly  stated  just  what  it  was  all 
tr™tr  to  me  thdt  the  record  lacks  completeness 

in  details;  that  the  interest  of  the  Reader  is  excited  but  not 
satisfied;  and  that  this  most  material  chapter  has  not  the 
elements  of  historical  value. 

4  x  4.  -r.4,4  Your  book  mUBt  of  necessity  discuss  this  sub¬ 

ject  of  Edison  patent  infringements.  You  cannot  take  the  time 
to  go  into  every  infringement,  therefore  a  selection  or  choice 
must  be  made.  I  think  that  in  making  your  choice,  you  have 
done  wisely  to  select  the  one  great  invention  of  all,  the 
rilament  lamp.  But  having  selected  that  one  invention,  why  do 
you  not  go  into  it  more  fully?  Why  not  tell  just  what  Mr.. 
Edison  was  seeking  for  whan  he  made  that  invention,  what  the 
invention  was  to  accomplish,  what  kinds  of  experiments  led  up 
to  it,  and  how  he  covered  it  by  the  lamp  patent? 


I  suggest  that  you  take  one  or  two  important 
things  connected  with  the  lamp,  and  enlarge  on  them.  Take  the 
filament  for  instance.  Recite  the  imperative  elements  of  a 
good  filament,  also  how  hard  it  wub  to  find  it,  and,  taking  the 
bamboo  ae  a  Bample,  tell  of  the  worldwide  xasearches  to  get  the 
best  fibrous  growth,  including  Mr.  Edison's  bamboo  farm  in  the 
Orient  and  McGowan’s  dangerous  quest  in  South  America.  Take 
also  the  method  of  manufacturing  the  lamp,  including  the  almost 
insuperable  difficulties,  first,  to  make  it  at  all,  and  then  to 
make  it  cheaply  and  show  how  from  small  beginnings  it  grew  into 
a  vast  industry. 

I  mention,  these  two  points  merely  to  show  in 
Part  what  details  are  needed.  They  are  full  of  interest,  and 
belong  in  the  Life  of  Edison  as  matters  of  historical  value  in 
the  history  of  the  Art.  f  ,, 

^  "  v,  Ano-thar—top-ic-whioh -I— th-ink -you  should-  d-is cues 
mor-e.-fully  is  the  reason  for  the  delay  in  beginning  and  uushing 
suits  for  infringements  ^f  ,  the ,, lamp  patent!.  In  my  official 
position  as  President  of'theAlight  Company' I  became  the  target, 
along  with  Mr.  Edison,  for  censure  from  the  stockholders  and 
others  on  account  of  this  delay,  and  I  well  remember  how  deep 
the  feeling  was.  In  view  of  the  facts  that  a  final  injunction 
on  the  lamp  patent  was  not  obtained  until  the  life  of  the  patent 
was  near  its  end,  and  next,  that  no  damages  in  money  were  ever 
paid  by  the  guilty"? ringers,  it  has  been  generally  believed 
that  Mr.  Edison  selfishly  sacrificed  the  interest  of  his  stock¬ 
holders  when  he  delayed  the  prosecution  of  patent  suits  and  gave 
all  his  time  and  energies  to  rnanuf actur ing.  This  belief  was 
the  stronger  because  the  manufacturing  enterprises  belonged 
personally  to  Mr.  Edison,  and  not  to  his  Company.  /?:„/  «le.  ^ach. 

It— is  ceasy  to  dispel  this  false  belief  *,.and"-I 
think  your  chapter  on  infringements  should  do  it.-.  Moreover,  .it 
will  give  you  a  chance,  if  indeed  you  have  not  already  done  so 
elB.ewhere  in  your  book,  to\put  ih$o  permanent  recor’d  a  sketchv 
of  the  beginning  of  what  dx$  now'-vast r&n'ufac.turing  industries. 

fThe  Edison  inventions  were  not  only  a  lamp; 
theyAwer-e  also  an  entire  system  of  central  stations.  Such  a 
thing  was  new  to  the  world,  and  the  apparatus  as  well  as  the 
manufacture  thereof,  wub  equally  new.  Boilers,  engines, 
dynamos,  motors,  distribtion  mains,  meters,  house  wiring,  safety 
devices,  lampB  and  lamp  fixtures,  all  were  vital  parts  of  the 
whole  system.  Most  of  them  were  utterly  novel  and  unknown  to  the 
arte,  and  all  of  them  required  quick,  and  ,  I  may  say,  revolu¬ 
tionary  thought  and  invention.  The  firm  of  Babcock  &  Vfilcox 

gave  aid  on  the  hollers;  Armington  &  Sims  undertook  the  engines; 
but  everything  else  was  abnormal.  No  factories  in  the  land 
would  take  up  the  manufacture.  I  remember  for  instance,  our 
interviews  with  Messrs.  Mitchell.  Vance  &  Company,  the  leading 
manufacturers  of  house  gas  lighting  fixtures  such  as  brackets 
and  chandeliers.  They  had  no  faith  in  electric  lighting  and 
rejected  all  our  overtures  to  induce  them  to  take  up  the  new 
business  of  making  electric  light  fixtures.  As  regards  other 
Parts  of  the  Edison  system,  notably  the  Edison  dynamo,  no  such 
machines  had  ever  existed,  there  was  no  factory  in  the  world 
equipped  to  make  them,  and,  most  discouraging  of  all,  the  very 
scientific  principles  of  their  construction  were  still  vague 
and  exper  imental. 

What  was  to  be  done?  Mr.  Edison  has  never 
been  greater  than  when  he  met  and  solved  this  crisis.  "If  there 
"are  no  factories,"  he  said,  "to  make  my  inventions,  I  will  build 
"  the  factories  myself.  Since  capital  is  timid,  I  will  raise 
11  and  eupply  it.  The  issue  is  factories  or  death."  , 

. . . . .  .  A 

‘'Mr.  Edison  invited  the  cooperation  of  his 
leading  stockholders.  They  lacked  confidence  or  did  not  care 
to  increase  their  investments.  .  He  was  forced  to  go  on  alone. 

The  chain  of  Edison  Shops  were'" then  created.  .  fust,  how  far  you 
may  think -best  to  describe  these,  bold  enterpAses,'.  yoii  will  de- 
olde,  \but,\to  met  it\  is  all  ra'ostN inhere dtinfe,  and  I- think  the 
reedrdVshoiild  be  -raadei 

<^3y  far  the  most  perplexing  of  these  new  manu¬ 
facturing  problems  was  the  lamp.  Not  only  was  it  a  new  industry, 
one  without  shadow  of  prototype,  but  the  mechanical  devices  for 
making  the  lamps,  and  to  some  extent  the  very  machines  to  make 
those  devices,  were  to  be  invented.  All  of  this  was  done  by  the 
courage,  capital  and  invincible  energy  and  genius  of  the  Great 

vfnventor.  ^ _ 

AT  "  ■  - 

But  Mr..  Edison  could  not  create  these  great 
and  diverse  industries  and  at  the  same  time  give  requisite  at¬ 
tention  to  litigation.  He  could  not  start  and  develop  the  the 
new  and  hard  business  of  electric  lighting  and  yet  spare  one 
hour  to  pursue  infringers.  One  thing  or  the  other  must  wait. 

All  agreed  that  it  must  be  the  litigation.  And  right  there,  a 
lasting  blow  was  given  to  the  prestige  of  the  Edison  patents. 

The  delay  was  translated  as  meaning  lack  of  confidence;  and  the 
alert  infringer  grew  strong  in  courage  and  capital.  Moreover, 
and  what  was  the  heaviest  blow  of  all,  he  had  time,  thus  unmolest¬ 
ed,  to  get  a  good  start. 

It  saeiU3  to  7ae,  in  view  of  the  .facts  hov/  re¬ 
cited,  that ,  as  I  have  already  stated,  you  should  go  fully  into 
this  matter  of  the  delay  in  beginning  and  pressing  suits  against 
infringers.  . . 

In  looking  hack  on  those  days  and  scrutinizing 
them  through  the  years,  I  am  impressed  by  the  greatness,  the 
solitary  greatness  I  may  say,  of  Mr.  Edison.  Wo  all  felt  then 
that  we  were  of  importance,  and  that  our  contribution  of  effort 
and  zeal  were  vital.  I  can  see  now,  however,  that  the  beBt  of  us 
was  nothing  but  the  fly  on  the  wheel.  Suppose  anything  had 
happened  to  Edison.  All  would  have  been  chaos  and  ruin.  To  him, 
therefore,  be  the  glory,  if  not  the  prof  it.''  (  g) 

/  n  j  ,i 

'  ITow  I-wani-to  say  a  word  about  the  Goebel  case. 

I  took  personal  charge  of  running  dow^.thie  man  and  hiB  preten¬ 
tions,  in  the  section  of  the  city  where  he  lived  and  among  his 
old  neighbors.  They  were  a  typical  EaBt  side  lot.  Ignorant, 
generally  stupid,  incapable  of  long  memory,  but  ready  to  bblige 
a  neighbor  and  a  fellow  Israelite  and  to  turn  an  easy  dollar  by 
putting  a  cross  mark  at  the  bottom  of  a  forthcoming  frddndly 
affidavit.  I  can  say  in  all  truth  and  justice  that  their  testi¬ 
mony  via. s  utterly  false,  and  that  the  lawyers  who  took  it  must 
have  known  it. 

The  Goebel  case  emphasizes  two  defects  in  the 
court  procedure  in  patent  cases.  One  is  that  they  may  be  spun 
out  almost  interminably,  even,  possibly, to  the  end  of  the  life 
of  the  patent:  the  other  is  that  the  judge  who  decides  the  case 
does  not  see  the  witnesses.  That  adverse  decision  at  St.  Louis 
would  never  have  been  made  if  the  court  could  have  seen  the  men 
wh o  swore  for  Goebel.  When  I  met  Mr.  Fish  on  his  return  from 
St.  Louis  after  he  had  argued  the  Edison  side,  he  felt  keenly 
that  disadvantage,  to  say  nothing  of  the  hopeless  difficulty  of 
educating  the  court. '"^2 

What  you  say  of  the  Goebel  case  is  good,  per¬ 
haps  the  best  thing  in  your  chapter.  Mr.  Lowrey'a  pickerel 
Btory  I  remember  well.  It  was  admirably  done  and  convulsed  all 
and  especially  me.  But  is  it  not  too  long  and  immaterial  for 
your  chapter?  On  the  other  hand,  Judge  Colt’s  opinion  is  valu¬ 
able,  and  you  should  keep  it. 

My  letter  is  growing  too  long,  I  fear,  and  I 
must  stop.  Probably  what  I  have  written  has  been  already  set 
forth,  more  or  leBB,  in  your  book.  I  give  you  nothing  new, 

In  closing  let  me  express  my  best  wishes  to 
you  and  your  associates  for  the  success  of  your  work. 

Very  truly  yours* 

Prank  L.  Dyer,  Esq., 

Orange,  New  Jersey, 

Golumbus,  Ohio, 

April  18,  1010. 

T.'r.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

East  Orange,  TT.  J. 




M.y  dear  Sir:-  I 

Some  months  ago,  the  Dispatch  newspaper  office  was  destroyed 
by  fire.  Y.'ith  characteristic  Amorican  energy  and  enterprise,  the 
Dispatch  has  just  completed  a  beautiful  stone  building  which  will 
soon  be  dedicated  exclusively  to  the  uses  of  this  nowspapor.  V/e  have 
determined  to  colebrato  this  event  with  a  special  edition  devoted  to 
the  advancement  and  wollfare  of  Columbus  and  Ohio  and  the  history, 
past,  present  and  future,  of  our  people,  industries  and  institutions. 
Y,'e  would  be  pleased  and  honored  to  receive  from  you  at  yotir  earliest 
convenience  some  brief  expression  over  your  signature,  suitable  for 
publication  in  this  edition.  Some  message  to  the  people  of  Ohio  or 
Columbus,  some  thought  appropriate  to  the  occasion  or  perhaps  a 
congratulatory  message,  as  you  will. 

YYith  expressions  of  high  respect  and  thanking  you  in  advance 
for  your  courtesy  and  kindness,  I  am. 

Very  sincerely  yours. 


April  18,  1910. 

My  dear  Mr,  Edison: - 

Mr.  O.J.  Phillips,  who  is  a  reporter  on  the 
Philadelphia  "North  American,"  is  desirous  of  interviewing 
you  about  your  storage  battexy,  for  an  article  for  that 
paper.  Ac  he  onoe  had  an  interview  with  me  about  some  of 
my  work  for  the  same  paper,  and  as  the  whole  deal  was  eminent¬ 
ly  satisfactory  and  courteotisly  done,  I  am  taking  the  liberty 
of  giving  him  a  letter  of  introduction  to  you. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  any  courtesy  you 
may  s  how.  him , 

I  remain, 

Yours  faithfully. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 


Mr. O.J.  Phillips 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  :  , 

Vest  Orange,  >1.  J, 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

On  February  17  we  sent  you  a  type¬ 
written  copy  of  an  intervievf  with  you^which  we  under¬ 
stood  had  been  written  with  your  consent)  for  your  re¬ 
vision  and  any  expansion  which  might  seem  to  you  to 
add  to  the  attractiveness  and  breadth  of  the  very  in¬ 
teresting  statement  of  your  views  along  certain  lines 
of  invention. 

As  we  have  not  heard  from  you  after  the  lapse  of 
several  weeks, we  are  wondering  if  the  package  failed 
to  reach,,you,  or  has  been  mislaid.  If  you  would  like 
to  have  more  time  to  consider  the  matter,  please  fol¬ 
low  your  inclination;  but  if  you  have  finished  with 
the  manuscript  please  return  it  so  that  we  may  place 
it  on  our  schedules  for  as  early  publication  as  pos¬ 
sible  . 

Thanking  you  for  your  courteous  attention  to  the 
matter ,  I  am 

-C  <£rC  . 

Yours  sincerely' 

Pennsylvania  Packet,  1771:  Daily  Advertiser,  1784 
United  States  Gazette,  1789:  The  oldest  Daily 
Newspaper  in  America  Philadelphia 

Thomas  A .Edison,  Esq.; 

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Llewellyn  Park,  Orange, 
dear  Sirs 



The  NOSTH  AMFJpCAN  Punday  Magazine  and  Syndicate  is  very  desirous 
of„  55  ’Tlth  you  on  the  s^Ject  of  your  storage  battery 

and  the  difficulties  and  possibilities  of  electrical  storage.  I  had  * 
hoped  to  see  you  sooner,  but  learned  during  a  recent  visit  to  New  Tori: 
that  you  were  in  Florida  and  were  not  expected  home  until  to-day. 

Can  you  make  it  -convenient  to  receive  me  at  some  time  in  the  near 
...future?.  Ve, will  esteem  l.t •  a.  great’  kindness, )’and  It  shall  endeavor  to  make 
■  the  report  of  the  interview  and 'account  of  the  visit 
nothing  better. 

accurate,  if 

I  enclose  two  letters 
have  not  found  their  time 

of  introduction  ,  from  some  friends  who 
quite  wasted  or  their  kindness  misplaced. 

Very  truly  yours, 

Punday  department  . 

April  26,  1910. 

Editor  Colunbuo  Biswitch, 

Columbus,  Ohio. 

Boar  Sir: 

Ac  a  nativo  of  Ohio,  I  i0Qrn  T/i1;h  pieacmro  o£  tho  GQn_ 
Fiction  of  tho  beautiful  hone  in  which  tho  Dispatch  v;ill  no  bo 
housod.  Hloins  os  you  have  over  disoouracomonto  and  hardshipc, 
it  is  ojiayootoriotio  of  tho  truo  Amcrioan  spirit  of  onorcy  and 
ontorpriso.  I  concratulato  you  most  sinocroly. 

Yours  very  truly, 

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20  Fifth  Avenue, 

Now  York  City. 

Sear  Sir:- 

We  have  written  you  on  two  different  occasions 
asking  you  to  favor  us  with  a  sitting  for  a  photographic 
negative  from  which  prints  adapted  to  the  reproduction 
process  might  he  had.  Up  to  date  we  have  not  received  a 
reply  to  either  of  these  communicsrions. 

If  you  are  disposed  to  oblige  us  will  you  kindly 
call  at  the  Marceau  Studio,  #258  Fifth  Avenue, 

(between  28th  and  29th  Streets), for  five  to  ten  minutes, 

We  would  very  muoh  appreciate  the  favor. 

Very  respectfully  yours, 

New  York  Press  Art  Bureau, 


May  5th  xo. 

c.  C.  Buel,  Esq., 

Associate  Editor, 

Century  Magazine, 

Union  Square,  IT.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  so  very  Busy  that  I  really  had  no 
time  to  correct  the  article,  it  reads  rather  poorjby, 
so  you  Better  fix  the  grammar  up. '  "Writing  is  out  of 
my  line. 

signed--  Edison. 

original  sent  to  C.  C.  Buel  in  Mr.  E.  hand-writ *g  Y.P. 

American  Machinist 


Mr.  H.  Filllller,  Seoy. , 
Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange , 



Dear  Sir:- 

Tou  will  probably  re^ll  onr 
the  early  part  of  the  year  in  reference  to 
with  Mr.  Edison  in  order  to  obtain  a  summary  of  some  o£L^ 
his  patent  experiences  similar  to  those  whioh  we  have 
presented  of  Mr.  H.  Ward  leonard's  work. 

Your  advices  were  to  the  effect  that  Mr.  Edison’ 
signified  his  willingness  tc  grant  us  this  interview  some 
time  after  his  return  from  Florida,  in  order  to  gather 
the  necessary  material,  and  it  is  therefore  the  purpose 
of  this  letter  tfl  reju^f  it  ^  be  conveniently  arranged 
to  have  me  call  sometime  the  early  part  of  the 
June  6th. 

Yours  very  truly. 


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June  15th  1P10. 

Thomas  A. Edison, 
Orange , N . J . 

hear  Sir: 

We  would  approciate  if  you  would  inform  us  whether 
you  have  connected  with  your  labratory.any  engineer  ,,,,,  . 
competent  to  write  a  work  upon  storage  battery  engined-  f  6  19 111  , 
ing  with  whom  wo  might  arrange  for  such  a  work.  r‘  **  * 

Vory  truly  yours, 


UA_C,  (1  <?<.  o  r-f'C  a^eu£c)  Kttf 

T.  C.  Martin,  Eaq. , 

29  West  39th  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Sear  Sir: 

Enclosed  herewith  find  letter  from  Mr.  Trank  Marahall 
White  dated  June  23rd  1910,  with  Mr.  Edison's  notation  on  it 
to  you.  After  you  have  finlahed  reading  the  same  will  you 
kindly  return  to  this  office ,  ao  that  it  can  he  placed  in  our 


Thanking  you,  I  am, 


YourB  very  truly, 


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w***«vJ  Uf-Cx  «£T  2-..^*.v.ev.Ca.  cfi-.a  r*>  e»-.xK.^,,j4'F  ^vC«^  — 
'You  may  perhaps  be  able  to  recall  the  fact  that  I  wrote 

to  you  on  the  23rd  of  last  March,  to  Fort  Myers,  Florida,  ^ 
with  regard  to  a  project  I  had  in  ihind  for  a  Boy's  life  of 
Edison  -  which  project  you  referred  to  Mr.F.L.Dyer,  co-author 
with  Mr.T.C .Martin  of  the  authoratative  Biography  that  the 
Harpers  are  to  publish  in  the  fall. 

Mr. Dyer  did  not  approve  of  my  original  idea  for  a  Boy's 
Life,  but  with  his  consent  and  that  of  Mr.Duneka  of  Harper  & 
Bros,  I  made  arrangements  to  write  4  ahort  articles  for  The 
Saturday  Evening  Post,  on  4  periods  of  your  youthful  career, 

(  1  -  Childhood  at  Milan  and  Port  Huron;  2  -  Experiences 
while  trainboy  and  learning  telegraphy;  3  -  As  a  telegraph 
operator  during  the  Civil  War;  4  -  Experiences  in  Boston  and 
New  York,  and  up  to  the  time  of  the  sale  of  invention  to  the 
Gold  &  Stock  Telegraph  Co.),  which  ithe  Harper  people  beleived 
would  be  a  big  ad.  for  the  forthcoming  Biography. 

In  pursuance  of  this  project,  on  Monday,  the  13th  ins't,- 
I  called  on  Mr.T.C. Martin,  (to  whom  you  had  referred  me  for 
information  when  I  was  preparing  the  article  on  the  invention 
of  the  incandescent  light  for  The  Outlook,)  for  enlightenment 
on  certain  points  in  the  biography,  and  he  told  me  that  i 
would  find  additional  material  that  he  had  been  unable  to  use 
in  your  own  story  of  your  early  life,  the  MS.  of  which,  in 
your  handwriting,  was  in  the  custody  of  a  Mr.Meadowcroft ,  at 
the  v/orks  in  Orange.  I  applied  to  Mr. Dyer  for  permission  to 
examine  this  MS.;  and,  going  to  Orange  at  his  invitation  for 



that  purpose",  on  Friday  the  17th  insrt,  I  was  naturally  sur¬ 
prised  to  learn  that  Mr. Mart  in  now  objected  to  my  writing  tie 
articles  in  question.  An  appointment  was,  however,  made  for 
Tuesday,  the  21st  ins't,  when  I  was  to  meet  Mr. Dyer  and  Mr. 
Martin  at  the  latter's  office  in  Hew  York.  Mr. Dyer  did  not 
keep  the  appointment,  but  Mr.Meadowcroft ,  who  came  on  his  be¬ 
half,  represented  him  as  upholding  Mr. Martin's  objections  to 
the  Post  articles,  Mr.Martin  further  informing  me  that  it  hal 
been  the  intention  all  along  during  the  preparation  of  the 
Biography,  (in  which  Mr.Meadowcroft  participated, )  for  him  to 
write  a  Boy's  Life  of  Edison.  Why  he  did  not  inform  me  of 
this  at  first,  I  do  not  know. 

I  had  intended  to  drop  the  matter  rather  than  bother  you 
about  it,  in  spite  of  the  fact  that  I  have  3pent  a  great  deal, 
of  time  in  research  for  material  in  the  libraries  and  else¬ 
where.  os  well  as  having  been  forced  to  reject  other  commis¬ 
sions  for  work,  but  I  find  that  I  shall  be  put  in  a  most  com¬ 
promising  position  with  Mr.Lorimer,  the  editor  of  the  Post, 
and  with  Mr. Davis,  of  Munsey's,  who  introduced  me  to  him,  if 
I  am  unable  to  carry  out  the  proposition  I  have  made  and  that 
has  been  accepted.  It  would  look  very  much  as  tho  I  had  been 
four- flushing,  altho  I  really  held  the  cards,  and  the  time 
had  passed  for  questioning  the  deal. 

The  articles  I  wish  to  write  would  certainly^-with  the 
immense  circulation  of  The  Saturday  Evening  Post,  be  a  tre¬ 
mendous  advertisement  for  the  Biography  which  would  come  out 
immediately  afterward,  and  I  do  not  see  why  it  should  not 



have  the  same  effect  on  Mr.ivieadowcroft's  book.  In  any  event 
I  do  not  feel  justified  in  dropping  the  matter  and  cheapening 
myself  with  $he  members  of  my  profession,  without  an  pppeal 
to  you.  It  is  scarcely  necessary  to  say  that  I  shall  not  sisib 
write  the  articles  without  your  permission. 

7/ith  regards,  I  am 

Yours  very  truly  „ 

Tliomsa  A.  Edison  Esq. 

Orange,  H.J. 



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Now  Jersey. 

Doar  Mr,  Edison: 

I  have  rocoivod  today,  through  Mr,  Miller,  Mr. 

F,  M.  White's  letter  to  you  of  Juno  23,  with  regard  to  his  project 
of  a  boys'  book  on  your  life  and  another  project  of  a  soriee  of 
articles  for  the  Saturday  Evening  Post.  I  speak  of  these  ns  two 
projects,  although  in  his  conversation  with  mo,  M«\  White  has  left  the 
very  definite  impression  that  he  regards  them  as  one  projeot. 

It  is  diffioult  to  discuss  thiB  matter  in  detail,  bb  it  is 
already  badly  snarled  up,  and  thero  are  oortain  statements  in  his 
letter  whioh  are  not  in  striot  aooord  with  the  faots.  I  am  sending 
this  lotter,  however,  in  the  care  of  Mr.  Meadoworof t ,  who,  I  beliovo, 
is  familiar  with  all  the  details,  so  far  as  he  and  I  have  been  able 
to  make  them  out. 

When  Mr.  White  oalled  on  me  on  Juno  13,  ho  did  not  say  a 
word  about  any  previous  correspondence  with  you,  but  gave  me  the 
very  distinot  impronsion  that,  with  the  co-operation  and  oonsont  of 
Harpers  and  of  Mr.  Dyer,  ho  was  getting  these  artioles  ready,  with 
the  underlying  scheme  of  a  book.  I  was  certainly  surprised  to  find 
a  sot  of  the  early  proofs  in  his  hands,  but  the  faot  that  he  had  them 
tendod  to  oonfirm  his  statements.  In  reply  to  Bomo  of  his  questions 
I  informed  him  that  other  material  was  available  at  the  laboratory, 
and  was  in  the  hands  of  Mr.  Meadoweroft  and  Mr.  Dyer,  and  that  it 
would  be  proper  for  him  to  apply  for  it  there.  After  ho  left  mo 
I  began  to  think  the  conversation  over,  and.having  very  serious  doubtB 


aa  to  parts  of  It,  folt  it  my  duty  to  writs  to  tho  laboratory,  and 
I  ooimnunioatad  with  Mr.  Meadnworoft  on  tho  subject  thnt  night.  I 
must  Btnte  moat  omphatioally  that  I  did  not  inform  Mr.  Whita  on  his 
aooond  visit  that  I  was  contemplating  a  boyhood  life.  I  havo  never 
had  any  suoh  intention,  but  I  am  free  to  oonfaBB  that  during  the  past 
three  years  from  time  to  time  in  diaoussing  tho  progress  of  the  book, 
two  ideas  have  emerged*  One  of  these  was  suoh  a  boyhood  lifo,  which 

in  all  probability  Mr.  Moadoworoft  would  write,  and  the  other  was  a 

laoturo  for  Ohafauqua  assemblies  whioh  I  might  deliver,  alone  or  with 
Mr.  Meadoweroft.  We  pushed  those  two  ideas,  howover,  to  the  back¬ 
ground  until  tho  big  book  was  finished  and  out  of  the  way.  It 
would  appear,  from  what  has  ooourred  since,  that  Mr.  White  hit  upon 
the  dame  idea  muoh  later,  and  that,  in  order  to  oarry  it  out,  he  made 
use  not  only  of  work  which  had  already  been  done  by  us,  but  would  re¬ 
quire  more  material,  now  in  our  hands.  There  roally  does  not  seem 
any  good  reason  why  wo  should  favor  Mr.  White  to  this  extant,  and  I 
might  mention  that  both  Mr.  Moadoworoft  and  myself  had  already  volun¬ 
tarily  given  him  a  great  deal  of  holp  with  his  Outlook  article  some 
monthB  ago.  I  might  add,  in  this  connection,  that  Mr.  ’White  has 
made  no  offer  or  suggestion  of  any  royalties  on  those  articles,  or 
for  his  book,  but  Harpers  have  had  an  agreement  with  Mr.  Dyer  and 
myself  that  if  any  of  tho  book  was  used  in  their  magazines  we  were  to 
bo  paid  for  suoh  articles.  Mr.  White  has  represented  himself  to  mo 
as  in  some  kind  of  vague  way  oonneotod  with  the  Harpers,  and  it  would  . 
seem  that  if  he  oould  thus  £et  any  of  the  matter  from  time  to  time  by 
just  asking  for  it,  he  oould  work  over  any  parts  of  the  book  that  took 
hi  a  fancy, 

I  have  a  very  decided  objection  to  this  Bort  of  thing,  hnd 
I  feol  sure  that  Mr*  Dyor  must  entertain  the  same  objection,  while  I 


Mr.  Edison  -  3. 

am  certainly  annoyod  that  you  should  have  any  kind  of  bother  about  it. 
one  Of  my  ideas  has  been  in  preparing  a  definite  biography,  that  you 
would  be  relievod  from  further  bother  and  worry  of  this  kind  by  mis- 
eollaneous  writers  who  -  however  facile  and  well-intontioned  -  are 
not  acquainted  with  the  subject  at  all,  and  have  no  knowledge  of  eleo- 
trioity  or  its  development. 

It  is  possible  that  the  articles  in  the  Saturday  Evening 
Post  might  help  the  book,  although  that  is  perhaps  a  doubtful  quostion. 
A  year  or  two  ago  the  Soientifio  Amorioan  oame  to  us  with  exaotly  the 
same  kind  of  proposition,  and  used  the  ohapter  on  the  value  of  your 
inventions  to  the  world.  Mr.  Dyer  and  I  furnished  the  ohapter,  with 
the  understanding  that  there  would  be  compensation  for  its  use,  but  we 
never  have  received  a  cent,  the  Soientifio  American  claiming  that  there 
was  some  kind  of  undorotanding  or  arrangement  with  you  whioh  plaood  the 
material  at  their  disposal,  Rathor  than  bother  you  about  the  matter 
we  simply  let  it  go.  1  do  not  believe  that  the  publication  of  the 
ohapter  4n  the  Soientifio  Amorioan  will  help  us  to  sell  a  singlo  oopy, 
but  it  was  just  such  an  experience  as  this  that  has  made  me  cautious  and 
suspioious  when  similar  projects  oome  along. 

X  hope  you  will  forgive  mo  for  this  long  letter,  but  I  wish 
to  say  that  personally,  after  what  has  happened,  I  should  greatly  prefer 
that  Mr.  White  had  nothing  to  do  with  the  book  or  with  the  use  of  any 
part  of  it,  but  I  am  perfectly  willing  to  abide  by  what  you  and  Mr.  Ryer 
dooide  is  for  the  best.  Believe  me 

lours  truly,  •* 



June  28, 


W.  H.  Mendoworoft ,  Esquiro, 

Legal  Department, 

Edison  Laboratories, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Meadoworoft: 

Please  note  the  enoloeed.  I  am  getting 
pre'ty  hot  under  the  oollar  ovor  this  White  business,  because  oaoh 
time  Mr.  White  makes  some  ns*  statements  whioh  are  not  true, or  vrhioh 
are  subjeot  to  doubt. 

I  notioo  he  says  in  this  lottor  that  he  has  spent  a  great 
deal  of  time  in  research.  All  I  oan  say  is  that  his  inquiries  to 
me  -  sb  probably  to  yourself,  as  well  as  his  Outlook  article  -  betray 
an  utter  absence  of  resoaroh,  and  that  whatever  was  authentio  he  secured 
from  yourself  or  me  or  well  authenticated  matter  already  in  print.  Nor 
do  1  believe  for  one  minute  that  this  has  interfered  with  any  other 

I  dislike  to  stand  in  the  way  of  any  man  who  1b  earning  his 
living  by  writing,  but  when  I  think  of  the  throe  years  of  serious  work 

that  X  have  put  myself  on  this  book,  to  Bay  nothing  of  what  you  and  Mr. 

Dyor  havo  done,  I  feel  stronglyAdisposod  to  have  people  oomo  in  and  make 
use  of  it  in  tho  way  proposed.  And  yet,  having  said  that,  I  am  per¬ 
fectly  willing  to  do  whatever  Mr.  Edison  wishes!  as,  after  all,  X  am 
not  writing  his  life  merely  to  make  a  little  money. 

With  regards. 


Mr»  Moadcnoroft  -  8. 

P.  S.  -  I  would  return  herewith  also  the  White  lette^and  ray  unsw»r  to 
it,  but,  as  you  know,  I  BOnt  them  yesterday  to  Mr.  Hitohoook.  If  you 
think  I  could  help  matters  at  all  by  coming  out  to  the  laboratory,  I 
would  do  so  on  Wednesday  afternoon;  but  I  am  going  away  Thursday  morning  , 
and  am  up  to  my  nook  in  work. 



LOUIS  KLOPSCH,  Editor  a  Proprietor 

Dour  Mr.  EdiBOn: 


'S  long 

days  with  yoijj^otting  na&g,?Ial  fpfr  4 
iron  raino  tahich  appearM/in  McClure^: Magazj 
suppose  yctyhavo  for;  w'"  “ 

to  the  minara^j 

I  am'  ngvj  &>ci 
Wistian  He] 


shat  I  M 

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ill  m^nifse  to  your  C  \ 

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Secretai^Ao'f’  that  yfe^.  known/pap«p^  The  j 
occurred  to  me /that  ’.7ft  might/' 

)>'e  able  to/SSoo  a  jshfcirt ^'article  cdjpe‘ernin{- 
./Sometime  ago  we  pitted  a  shorJ|fffote  t 
of  concr’^’^  houses  and  l»vyreceiv< 
quifjete  concerning*  it.  ICSSu  have  any 
you  wfilild  car*  to  send  mflffl  would  WVvs 

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y  IMmet^jne  soon|l  am  goi^p  WasJ^jgjS  -t^ailorvn^ 

to  com  .. 

informati\p  which 
'very  glad  to  receive/ 

-  - „Jiag  tfi/ask  y&C  t&^allov.vm.o/ 

fibtr  you  upch/more  E eWAj.1 r o ubj o c t:g;.*f o r  / 
Herald  vmch  has/a  .very  vade  c  ire ul^iiofts’ 

American  Newspaper  Associ^ 


Hr.  Thou.  A.  Edison,  ,y  r, 

Orange ,  N .  J .  W 

■D9£u' sir* 

In  t  ho  course  of  hr.  •?rt  icla-frfbi'ch' 

I  an  writ  ing  for  the  "Technical  TToAIbS  Mr.gai 
zina"  of  Chicago  I  havo  menf  lon«I£Whfl  , 
wrk  of  an  assistant  of  yoniusM.v,  / 
Clarence  Sally,  who  lost  his  life  in  ^ 
carrying  out  researches  in  X-rays.  1 
This  article  tells  of  t he  heroic  sacrifice  ■ 
made  in  the  cause  of  science  and  medicine. 
Can  you  tell  me  where  i  can  obtain  a 
photograph  of  Hr.  Deity,  or  have  you  one 
that  you  own  loan  me?  The  best  care 
will  be  taken  of  it  and  I  shall  be 
very  much  obliged  to  you  for  any 
assistance  you  nay  be  willing  to  render 
ra«  in  honoring  the  memory  of  one  of 
many  heroes  of  science. 

'Pfto+ocjt'a^ifv  S-e-icf 


Mr.  Arthur  B.  Reeve, 
285  Fifth  Ave., 

New  York  City. 


TTi  <Vr  1  0.4.  lEVENING  EDITION  | 

~ - -  t  tjcr:(  ^ 

794  Broad  Street 


24  1910 

Mr.  Thor, as 
My  dear  sir; 

_  IdiBon, 

Valley  Road  k  ,  » 

Viest  Orange  ,IT.  y.  Mv 

I  am  very  desirous  of  obtSEui:! 

Newark,  N.  J., — August  25,  1910 .  _  ip; 

£.»./,  U*~t££  b'i  ,1-1- <*■■■>  If  (-J 

“ J/  Z 

p«r-<n^e  (?.'*■ 1  •>- 

ig  an  interview. with,  you  _ 
f  <**  bV-Mti 

invention.  My  woman),  Edftor, ^Ki as  Car- 

riok  who  ia  a  very  capable  young  newspaper  lady  lias  been  "designated 
by  me  to  obtain  from  you  this  interview. 

for  my  paper  regarding  your  r 

I  am  enclosing  clipping  from  the  Star  which  appeared  on 
the  evening  of  August  23rd.  It  is  on  this  subject  that  I  am  desirous 
of  obtaining  a  full  description  and  very  informal  discourse  by  you 
for  publication,  at  your  earliest  convenience. 

Hoping  to  receive  a  favorable  reply,  and  offering  my 
heartiest  congratulations  to  you,  upon  this,  your  latest  success,  I 

Respectfully  yours, 


e<*JS  -  0>  .  S  ^  , 

1 «-  ~~  ~«:C2L 


^  II.  Y. ,  Sept.  12,  1910. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

1  now  enclose  copy  of  paper  on  first  experimental 
Central  Station,  which  is  corrected  in  accordance  with  the 
notations  you  made  on  first  copy  I  sent  you. 

I  have  written  this  artiole  for  "Popular  Electricity" 
and  when  we  were  at  the  Erontenac  I  showed  you  Mr.  Young's 
letter  asking  if  I  coi;ld  get  you  to  write  a  short  statement 
as  to  your  recollection  of  the  events  recorded  or  something 
of  that  sort. 

I  have  had  first  page  of  paper  typewritten  on 
heavy  paper  and  should  feel  much  obliged  if  you  would  kindly 
write  in  a  few  words  to  above  effect  in  the  space  left  below 
the  title. 

Yi'SA :  ER 

Yours  very  truly, 




laht  J*/ 

-  j  \  JV 

SnrREET  y/  ,A  lV  V  C 

_j*r  ^ry^Y 

The  Globe  desires  a  spejj.-srJfl  Interview  with  you  relative1' W 
theories  on  the  immortality  of  the  soul  as  recently  indicated  in  i 
paper  article.  This  is  of  especial  interest  just  now, inasmuch  as  a  f&v  V 
York  minister  last  Sunday  took  issue  with  your  reported  statements.  IA 
The  Globe  would  much  appreciate, therefore, your  consent  to  an  inter}-/ 
view-  If  this  meets  with  your  approval, kindly  let  your  secretary  know, in  V 
order  that  he  may  inform  me  when  I  telephone  your  labratory  tomor 

ted  in  a  na3\-  >° 

(Thursday)  afternoon. 

Yours  Very  Truly, 

bear  air  (cr  iladam) 


1  ®  1 1  ’  3i  &  32.  TEMPLE  HOUSE, 




•  mplUoetra?MiAssion,I>tlio  phonograph,  Incan-  .  0c1/0lD6I*.  19X0. 

Phono* 'oni1,11 nSy^ofiicr  lnstninicnti,nnow 
universally  used ;  still  engagod  in  folvlng  tho 
jtwt^problejit^of^^lectrlc^  .storage  and  .the 

(0U4  ")  C  ho 

I  am  now  preparing  the  "Daily  Mail"  Year  Book  for 
1911  and  should  he  much  obliged  if  you  would  kindly  revise 
the  attached  paragraph  -  which  appears  in  the  Biographical 
Section  -  and  confirm  the  accuracy  of  the  addl^aWN^  A  stamped 
envelope  is  enclosed  and  I  should  be^glad  ojf  Ws  immediate 

Tho  space  at  my  disposal  only  admitlyof  brief 
notices,  and  I  regret  that  I  cannot  do  full  justice  in  them 
to  many  distinguished  careers. 

The  "Daily  Hail"  Year  Book  will  be  ready  early  in 
December.  Its  object  is  to  give  a  summary  of  the  main  facts 
of  the  chief  Questions  of  tho  Day,  and  it  contains  information 
found  in  no  other  book.  A  carefully  prepared  index  gives  easy 
access  to  every  fact  in  the  book.  It  will  be  obtainable  of 
any  bookseller  or  newsagent,  or  a  copy  will  be  sent  by  post  for 
9d.  on  application  to  the  publisher. 

Yours  sincerely, 


;  -fc- '  f . 

IIar  p  ij  r^sTbr  oth  is  r  s 

j^cjiiusiii:hs  -- 


NOV  41910  *  I 

V  frank  l,  dyer,  J 

irf>V  / 


S  Dear  Sir: 


November  3,191^. 

We  beg  leave  to  advise  you 
that  we  are  sending  you,  by  express 
prepaid,  three  copies  of  "Edison:  His 

Life  and  Inventions",  published  today, 
which  please  to  accept  with  our  com¬ 

Very  truly  youra, 

F.  L.  Dyer,  Esq., 

Edison  Phonograph  Co., 
Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  New  Jersey. 

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Thomas  A.  Ediscn,Esq. 
Orange,  H.J. 

¥y  dear  Mr,  JSdiscn:- 

,Y.  November  13th.,  1910.  /•  /  / 


'-f- . 



Please  tell  me  what  photographer  has 
most  recently  made  a  picture  of  your  head  and  face,  I  want 
to  get  the  latest  edition. 

I  enclose  stamped  envelope  for  reply. 

Yours  sincer  ely, 


Dictated  hut  not  read. 


{y  Uaa/v 





p.  /<=,  f" .  m 

FltATiKUN  SQnAllB.'NliW'YoilK 

November  14,1910. 

Dear  Ur.  Ueadoworoft: 

I  have  your  letter  of 
the  12th,  and  I  note  that  you  think 
it  beet  that  v/e  should  send  a  man 
out  to  canvass  the  work  instead  of 
troubling  Ur.  Churchill.  I  dare  say 
this  will  prove  more  effective,  and 
I  trust  there  will  be  no  objection. 
We  will  send  out  a  satisfactory 
representative  with  a  letter  of 
introduction,  and  perhaps  you  will 
be  good  Gnough  to  start  him.  I  think 
it  would  be  well  to  determine  the 
feasibility  of  this  ns  soon  as 
possible,  and  I  hope  to  hear  from 
you  shortly. 

You  may  like  to  know 
that  Ur.  Coffin,  President  of  the 
General  Electric  Company,  has  been 

several  copies  of  the  book,  he  and  his 
Secretary,  Mr.  Keeler,  have  given  our 
representatives  letters  of  introduction 
to  the  offices  at  Schenectady,  whore  our 
agent  will  begin  work  tomorrow,  and  also 
letters  to  the  offices  at  Pittsfield  and 

With  many  thanks  for  your  very 
pleasant  messages,  believe  me 

Very  faithfully  yours 


William  H.  Ueadoworoft,  Esq. 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 


i  .KID. 

Pennsylvania  Packet,  1771:  Daily  Advertiser,  1784 
United  States  Gazette,  1789:  The  oldest  Daily 
Newspaper  in  America  Philadelphia 

Thornes  /.Edison,  Esq., 
West  Orange ,  N..T, 
My  deer  Mr.  Edison: 

November  15,1910 

Can  I  see  yon  i 
in  West  Orange  ,for  a 
during  the  coming  year? 

:>n  the 

of  this  week,  r.t  your  Laboratory 
prospects  of  invention  end  science 

We  ere  -desirous  of  having  your  views  on  the  subiect  for  ,,.P 

whether  'Tridr^wi  n If14  Wilu  be  v  klndnesD  if  >'«'  can  let  me  know 
wne trier  Friary  will  suit  you,  by  return  mpII. 

of  thefstrr^Ph4?^Pl-  1  ^"viewed  W  seme  months  ago  on  the  subject 
01  the  otor-o-e  bc  ttery  for  this  Fyndry  Mogpj'.ine  md  Syndicate.  J 

Very  truly  yours, 


Sundry  department. 



NEW  YORK,  November  S8,  1910. 

VT.  H.  Meadwooroft,  Esq., 

Legal  Department 
Edison  Laboratory- 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Ur.  Meadoworoft: 

Please  notioe  the  enolosed  from  Mr.  Ruddy  whioh  I  have 
aoknowledg-ed,  informing  him  that  the  referenoe  to  "Chromondo"  in  the 
book  is  autobiographio  and  in  Edison's  own  handwriting.  I  think  it 
quite  likely  that  the  man  may  also  have  been  known  as"0mohundro."  At 
any  rate  I  am  willing  to  baok  Edison's  memory  against  that  of  anybody  else 

Yours  truly, 


Mr. Thomas  A. Edison, 


East  Orange, li..J. ; 

|t  28  ■#- 

CUa^i  hU 

Dear  .Mr. Edison:  A  cable  dispatch  from  cur  St. Petersburg  correspondent  this  morning 
said:  "Among  the  papers  left  by  Tolstoy  with  Prince  Tschertky  were  found  many  letters 
from  Thomas  A. Edison, the  American  inventor." 

If  this  statement  is  correct  would  it  not  be  possible  for  The  Worldto  learn  something 
more  concerning  your  correspondence  with  Count  Tolstoy?  We  should  very  greatly  appreciate 



Thanking  you  for  your  very  many  courtesies  to  The  World  and  to  myself, I  remain, 


(fti  ‘J2JL 

£%nwmai>(X  £dt4oru 

TRe  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co 

Telejraph,  Frcijht  and  Paaicnjer  Station,  NEW  VILLAGE,  N.  J. 


December  3,  1910. 

Mr.  William  H.  Meadoweroft , 
Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  J. 
Dear  Ur.  Meadoweroft 

I  beg  herewith  to  enclose  my  check 
for  $8.64,  covering  the  books  which  you  ordered  for  me, 
which  I  greatly  appreciate.  Will  you  please  aBk  Ur. 
Edison,  on  the  front  page  of  each  of  the  first  three 
volumes,  to  write  the  following :- 

Pi  ret:-  "To  FRANK  BRADLEY,  Esq., 

ComplimentB  of 


December  25,  1910." 

Second:-  "To  BAYLY  HIPKIN8,  Esq., 

ComplimentB  of 


December  25,  1910." 

Third:-  "To  WILLIAM  H.  MASON,  Esq., 

ComplimentB  of 


December  25,  1910." 

Mr*  Edison  will  understand  that  Messrs. 
Bradley  and  HipkinB  are  of  the  Bradley  Contracting  Co.,  to 
whom  we  are  shipping  suoh  large  quantities  of  cement  for 
Subway  work. 

Thanking  you  very  much  for  your  help  in 

this  matter,  with  my  very  kindest  regards,  I  am, 
Yours  very  truly, 



Mto  P^^nferiran 

December  6,  1910. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

West  orange,  N.  J, 

Dear  Sir:  Ip-'  r  0\) 

Will  you  kindly  spare  a  little  time^ome^a^this  week  to 
see  Mr.  Lebhar,  a  member  of  our  staff,  in  regard  to  the  possibilities 
of  a  recent  invention  of  an  enormous,  powerful  magnet,  by  means 
of  which  it  has  been  suggested  ships  might  be  drawn  into  port  without 
the  aid  of  tugs?  If  you  will  name  the  day  and  time  our  Mr.  lebhar 
will  keep  the  appointment  promptly. 

Thanking  you  in  advance, 

Very  truly  yourB, 

o  iStrvjf  uo  c^.S' ■fcr 

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Dear  Mr.  Edison?'- ^  V*'^\  '^r<K'Jvn^j'9 • 

I  have  entered  you  with  a  Complimentary 
subscription  to  our  Reports  on  Fundamental 
Conditions,  and  have  ordered  a  plate  glass 
sent  you  which  you  can  put  on  the  table  back 
of  your  desk  in  the  library  to  keep  the  sheets 
under.  Each  weak  a  new  sheet  will  be  sent 
you  in  a  mailing  tube  and  will  you  kindly 
instruct  your  secretary  to  remove  the  old  sheet 
and  throw  the  same  away  inserting  under  the 
glass  the  new  sheet. 

Each  Tuesday  morning  you  will  receive 
a  Weekly  letter  containing  the  Composite 
Plot  up-to-date  which  after  looking  at  you 
can  throv/  aw/ay  as  the  new  Composite  Plot  each 
week  is  cumulative  and  there  is  no  need  of 
saving  the  old  copies.  When  new 7  Charts  are 
received  from  time  to  time  kindly  instruct 
your  secretary  to  file  them  away  as  per  the 
instructions  on  the  upper  left-hand  corner 
of  each  Chart  throwing  away  the  old  Chart  in 
most  cases. 

I  thank  you  exceedingly  for  the  interview 
which  you  gave  me  and  especially  for  the  sheets 
which  I  shall  try  to  use  in  connection  with 
my  writings  for  the  Saturday  Evening  Post. 

In  studying  these  notes  of  yours  they  have 
given  me  much  food  for  thought  and  I  feel 

XioGUR  W.  Bauson 

>.  Deo.  7/10 

Mr.  Thomas  A. Edison  #2 

very  grateful  to  you  for  the  same.  With 
kindest  regards,  I  am. 

Very  truly  yours, 



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New  York, 
December  7,  1910 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq 

Orange,  N.J.  :  1 

Dear  Sir:- 

lly  excuse  for  addressing  you  peroonlly  1b  that  about  three  yea® 
ago  you  very  kindly  gave  me  a  half  hour  of  your  time  when  I  presented 
letters  of  introduction  from  Mr.  Hunn,  of  the  Scientific  American,  and 
from  Mr.  E.  C.  Beach,  the  son  of  your  former  friend,  who  is  still  my 

My  reason  for  writing  iB  that  at  this  time  there  is  in  this 
country  Mr.  ErieBe-Greene,  an  Englishman,  who  is  making  claims  to 
having  invented  the  motion  picture,  but  more  especially  the  camera 
mechanism  which  is  the  basis  of  the  Edison  Patent,  No.  12,037. 

I  do  not  believe  that  there  is  any  man,  living  or  dead,  who 
can  truthfully  lay  olaim  to  having  invented  the  motion  picture.  To  the 
best  of  my  belief  you,  yourself,  have  never  made  this  claim,  although 
the  honor  has  often  been  attributed  to  you  by  others.  The  motion  picture 
evolved,  as  the  product  of  many  hands  and  many  brains. 

Now  this  man  Greene,  through  an  agent,  offered  to  this  paper 
a  statement  for  publication,  in  the  form  of  an  affidavit,  which,  to  be 
brief,  was  unworthy  of  serious  consideration  and  certainly  unworthy  of 
being  placed  upon  record.  It  contained  reflections  upon  the  Edison 
Company,  merited  or  unmerited,  which  have  no  bearing  whatever  upon  the 

moving  picture  world 


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125  EAST  23rd  STREET 

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moving  picture  business  of  to-day.  Of  course  it  1b  a  belated  attempt  to 
discredit  the  Edison  Company's  claims  to  that  patent,  but  it  does  not 
alter  the  dominant  fact  that  the  patent  was  issued  to  them,  that  it  was 
contested  and  that  the  courts  sustained  their  claims. 

There  is  a  disagreeable  haze  hanging  around  this  patent.  It  may 
be  due  to  inadequate  laws;  it  may  be  due  to  inefficient  lawyerB,  but  this 
paper,  as  the  leading  journal  of  the  trade,  would  welcome  from  you  for 
publication  a  clear  statement  regarding  the  claims  of  invention 

and  the  patent  rights.  We  have  tried  to  obtain  this  through  other 
authoritative  sources  in  vain.  We  feel  certain  that  suoh  a  statement 
from  you  would  greatly  clear  the  atmosphere  at  this  time.  we  freely 
offer  you  all  the  space  required  for  this  statement— a  statement  that’we 
feel  is  due  to  the  public.  We  hope  to  receive  a  statement  from  you 
to  which  we  can  point  in  answer  to  the  many  inquiries  that  trouble  us 
from  day  to  day— a  statement  sufficiently  clear,  and  specific  so  that 
the  inquirer  can  govern  himself  accordingly. 

Respectfully  yours 


6  .  cx. 


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Roger  W.  Bauson 


Thomas  A. Edison, 
Orange  ,11.  J, 

Dear  fir.  Edison 
I  thank  yc 
and  also  for  the 
yon  that  I  can  i 
lator  on. 

1  Wellesley  Hills.  Mass.,  Dec.  13/10  , 

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iedingly  for  yoiir  kind  letter  of  the  12th 
lenings"  which  yon  enclose,  and  I  assure 
im  to  good  advantage  in  some  of  my  writings 

I  wish  that  you  would  write  me  what  you  said  relative  to 
Hewton's  Lav/  of  Action  and  Reaction  applying  in  business  and 
causing  the  swings  shown  on  my  Composite  Riot.  If  I  remember 
correctly,  you  said  something  like  this:-  "It  is  the  over-spec¬ 
ulation  of  the  gamblers  on  borrowed  money  which  causes  these 
abnormally  high  peaks  above  the  normal  line  of  growth  and  owing 
to  the  law  of  action  and  reaction,  there  must  necessarily  be 
a  corresponding  period  of  shrinkage  to  shrink  out  those  inflations 
and  this  is  shown  by  the  areas  below  the  line  of  growth". 

You  also  made  the  point  that  if  we  were  willing  to  quit 
gambling  in  commodities,  real  estate,  stocks, etc.,  we  could  cut 
down  both  the  area  above  and  below  the  line  of  growth  and  have 
a  normal  and  slow  but  constantly  increasing  period  of  improvement, - 
You  gave  me  so  much  food  for  thought  tiiat  I  could  not  carry 
away  all  that  you  said  and  would  like  to  get  a  word  more  from 
you  on  the  subject  of  these  swings  and  the  law  of  action  and 
reaction.  -’7ith  kindest  regards,  I  am, 

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Edison  Laboratory 
Orant-a,  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Msadoworoft: 

Plsaea  nota  tha  onnlosad  from  Mr.  Hott.  I  hnva  informad 
him  that  copiss  of  tha  book  he. vs  bsnn  «ivan  only  to  thosa  who  halpad 
uh  in  tha  work.  As  far  ns  I  nan  make  out  from  his  lsttsr  thara  is  or 


Dear  Hr.  Martin 

I  have  wonders]  wdy  1  did  not.  receive  :i  presentation 
copy  of  you r  late  work  in  biography  an  I  understand^  of  the  Menlo  Park, 
boys  did  receive  such  whose  names  were  mentioned  therein. 

I  had  a  brief  look  at  those  books , through  favor  of  a  ;  , 
friend,™  am  not  qualified  on  the  whodo  as  a  critic,  cut  several  tnir.Ss 
came  under  my  eye  that  were  not  quite  right  ,  to  wit.  had  you  been  accura¬ 

te  at  I vvy-suv-S.nlnn  to 

•ainy  fellow  l^>.v.3oSvn6nhoo«n  Edward  G.  Acheson.  Again,  the 
■otner  who  succeeded  Griffin  as  private  secretary,  froi 

■'  1 1  i ty  of  tnat 

?ping  Df3pt-  ln  ^rly  1880,  was  Charles  P.,  and  not  "  C.  T.  Mott.jsV 

,ent  back  to  his  f 

’a.,  was  elected  Judge,  and  died  two 

year's  ago  last  fall. 

v'cu  were  and  I  **£.  ill-lnformod  to  know  that  the  writer  ' 
*«V3  aS3°°lated  at  Mn?10  park  "  ln  »  aoairacrcial  way."  Great  Scott,, nan! 

that  1  hacl  bgga*  •  I  **»  so  busy  turning  out  inventions— at  that  time,' 
C"!  Tii"1  fr°ra  2  t0  3  PatCnt  applioatlons  a  week —  that  I  did  not 
|«dtlU4lr^^*Unity  mak*  50,000  dollars,  plaguo-take-lt J  fnat  was  a 
.  ide  in  my  affairs  that  mental  aofcorbtlon,  due  to  hatching  out.  devices  of 

311  S01'tS’  SldBtraC,{nd-  Cf  ty  — 17  associates  of  bdison  I  was  tno 
only  one,  so  far  »«  I  ifn-.„  ...a.  .  .  . 

.  .  .  n"  hire.,  ns  an  inventor.  This  is  not  say- 

^ng  wuen, po maps , cut  it  is  accurate.  I  was  rooomraandod  and  introduced  to 
him  as  an  inventor  oy  Princeton  University  (  School  of  Science  )  and  as 

...  to  up  „„ly  M,  luvonttoos  put  ,  „lg,„ 

good  arrangement  by  any 

rs  will  no.  d  1  f f r.ino--  to  any  oif 

ire  little  about  it  now 

)  writing  history  we  -rtwsmid 
ie  Season,  forjinumj  r^-ooids 

The  R.  S^WlLLlAMS  &  S>©>?tfSk  (GOhLimiteek 

Mr.  Frank  D.  Dyer, 

National  Phonograph  Co. , 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  Elst.  inst.  re. 
Manuscript  of  Mr;  Edison. 

I  am  afraid,  that  §250.00  is  an  outside  price 
for  a  hook  of  this  type,  especially  when  the  man  is  still 
living.  Of  course  I  realize  after  Mr.  Edison's  death  this 
will  no  doubt  be  worth  much  more  than  this,  but  I  am  afraid 
I  would  not  care  to  give  over  §100.00  for  a  work  of  this 
kind.  Many  thanks  for  bringing  it  to  my  attention. 

Wishing  you  the  compliments  of  the  season,  I  remain, 
Yours  very  truly. 



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Doc.  31,  1910 

Ur.  E.  S.  V/illlaias,  Jr., 

K.  0.  SfiUlsi&rs  a  Sons  Co.,  Itcl., 

Toronto,  Canada. 

Dear  Ur-  Williams: 

1  havo  taken  up  furthor  with  tho  owner  t3io 
not tor  of  Ur.  Edison's  sketchbook  and  an  informed  by  him  that 
you  can  have  thin  for  .-plOO.Od.  He  has  depooited  this  hook 
with  Mr.  T.  C.  Martin,  39  39fn  St.,  liew  York  City,  and  a 
chock  should  ho  sent  to  Mr.  Martin  payable  to  the  order  of 
0.  d' Inf  re  vi  lie,  the  owner.  Mr.  d'Infreville  suggested 
handling  it  in  this  way  because  Mr.  Martin  is  a  mutual  friend 
and  well  acquainted  with  Mr.  Edison’s  handwriting.  I  under¬ 
stand  that  tho  hook  when  packed  weighs  over  four  pounds  and 
therofore  could  not  he  sent  through  tho  mails. 

V/ith  tho  compliments  of  the  season,  beliovo  mo 

Yours  very  truly. 

C 771  r-  -  A'  *  /  / 9 so J 


I.  J,  Jenks,  ISO  Broadway,  New  York  City. 

Charles  L.  Clarke,  o/o  1.  J.  Jenks,  ISO  Broadway,  N.  Y.  C. 

If.  H.  Lankan,  "  11  "  "  " 

E.  W.  Hammer,  "  11  '  "  11  "  11 

Major  S.  D.  Eaton,  o/o  Eaton,  Lewie  &  Rowe,  30  Church  St.,  N.Y.C 
Edward  H.  John eon,  Union  League  Club,  5th  A Ye.  &  30th  St.,  N.Y.C 
Col.  Reiff,  o/o  Edward  H.  Johnnon. 

Ralph  ~.  Pope,  SO  Yeet  30th  Street,  New  York  City.  A.  Rica!  ton,  Maplewood,  N.  J. 

’■V.  8.  Andrews,  c/o  General  El oo trio  Co.,  Schenec tody,  N.  Y. 

Mrs.  Kayter  Reed,  Tlaoe  Vigor  Hotel,  Montreal,  Canada. 

H.  J.  Hammer,  153  ’feet  46th  St.,  New  York  City. 

F.  A.  Soheffler,  c/o  Babcock  &  Wilcox  Co.,  85  Liberty  St.,  N.Y.C 
Samuel  Inaull ,  Commonwealth  Edison  Co.,  130  Adams  St.,  Chicago, 
W.  S.  Mallory,  Edition  Portland  Cement  Co.,  Stewartsvill a,  K.  J. 

J.  H.  Vail,  General  Vehicle  Co.,  Long  Island  City,  '$m  Y. 

F.  R.  Hpton,  07  Prospect  Street,  East  Orange,  N.  J. 

R.  K.  Dyer,  31  Nassau  Street,  New  York  City. 

Dr.  E.  G.  Acheson,  Carborundum  Co.,  Niagara  Falls,  N.  Y. 

Till ian;  Waver,  Jr.,  136  Liberty  St.,  New  York  City. 

Clarence  Hoaly,  o/o  1J.  Y.  Quotation  Co.,  18  Broadway,  New  Yorl 

Frank  D.  Lev/io  •) 

)  Office. 

Hobert  M.  Sutphen  ) 

,  44  East  E3rd  St.,  New  York  City. 

McClure  Co. 

1910.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Book  and  Journal  Orders 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
ordering  of  books  and  journals.  Included  are  renewals  for  Edison's  journal 
subscriptions,  as  well  as  book  and  magazine  orders  for  members  of  the  Edison 
family.  Among  the  documents  for  1910  are  items  concerning  works  on  religion 
and  spiritualism  and  on  electric  railways. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  receipts,  subscription  renewals,  solicitations,  and 
letters  of  acknowledgment. 

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p.o.  Box  1741.  New  York,  May  13,  1910. 

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I  am  eendin*)  you  to-aafcr  an  Italian  boo#  on/PBatter-*  **  ~A~ 

H-ft  U*  cul  q-U*vtjL| 

ies",  the  translation  of  which  has  been  suggested  to  us.  A  j 

rather  competent  man  to  whom  X  submitted  it  stateB  that  the 
first,  second,  third,  and  fourth  sections  of  the  hook  are  ^ 
excellent,  hut  that  the  fifth  and  sixth  sections  would  need 
to  he  brought  up  to  date. 

This  of  course  is  practicable  if  we  translate  it, 
hut  X  will  he  glad  if  you  will  hand  it  to  Mr.  Edison  and  have 
him  glance  it  over  and  give  me  his  opinion  of  it,  and  also 
suggest  to  me  whether  anywhere  throughout  his  staff  there  is 
anyone  who  is  competent  to  undertake  the  translation  for  me. 

I  shall  he  greatly  obliged  if  you  will  let  me  hear 
from  you  in  the  matter  at  your  convenience,  and  remain. 

Very  truly  yours. 

uruxy  yours,  — 

very  truly, 



Nov.  16,  1910. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

The  Laboratory, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir:- 

T,e  acknowledge  with  thanks 
reooipt  of  your  order  of  the  14th  inBt. 
We  have  made  note  to  import  oopy  of 
^Reason  and  Belief*  by  Oliver  Lodge, 
and  also  that  the  items  of  your  order 
are  to  be  held,  suoh  as  not  already 
sent,  and  forwarded  in  one  shipment 
to  Fort  Meyer,  Florida. 

Very  truly  yours, 

PM*» ' 



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Dear  Sir:- 

ICindly  advise  us  if  you  desire  yot 
the  following  periodicals  renewed! 

The  Amer.  Jrnl  of  Science, 

Chemical  Abstracts, 

Proceedings  t>hys.  Society  (London) 

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"  "  Physical ' Chemistry 

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New  Ideas  in  Housing  :  We  wish  once  more  to  call  attention  to  the 
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Town  Planning:  We  have  had  so  many  requests  from  all  parts  of 
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1910.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Clubs  and  Societies  (D-10-19) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  Edison’s  membership 
and  activities  in  social  clubs  and  professional  societies.  Among  the  documents 
for  1 91 0  are  several  letters  from  the  American  Institute  of  Electrical  Engineers, 
to  which  Edison  donated  a  diary  by  Samuel  F.  B.  Morse.  There  are  also  several 
invitations  to  the  annual  banquet  of  the  Ohio  Society  of  New  York,  which 
Edison  declined  on  account  of  his  deafness.  In  addition,  there  are  letters  from 
the  National  Electric  Light  Association,  the  Committee  of  One  Hundred  of  the 
American  Association  for  the  Advancement  of  Science,  and  other  professional 
societies;  automobile  and  booster  clubs;  and  religious,  civic,  and  philanthropic 
organizations.  Some  of  the  items  contain  marginal  notes  by  Edison. 

Approximately  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  consist  primarily  of  announcements,  invitations  that  Edison 
declined,  and  correspondence  from  organizations  in  which  he  did  not 


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American  Institute  of  Electrical  Engineers 


April  18,  1910. 

Mr.  T.C.  Martin,  Executive  Secretary, 

National  Electric  Light  Association, 

29  West  39th  St. ,  New  York  City. 

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My  dear  Mr,  Martin: 

I  can  scarcely  express  my  gratification  upon  receiving 
at  your  hands  the  autograph  journal  of  Professor  Morse.  I 
hoped  to  find  therein  what  was  doing  on  August  16,  1844,  which 
was  my  birthday  and  which  I  have  frequently  used  as  the  year 
of  the  birth  of  the  telegraph.  Like  all  journals,  however,  I 
find  that  it  is  incomplete,  there  being  a  hiatus  between 
1843  and  1848.  In  looking  over  this  journal  I  find  that  one 
of  the  most  interesting  items  is  that  in  which  he  refers  to 
an  interview  with  Mr.  Bain  who  was  the  inventor  of  a  rival 
system  which  was  used  in  this  country  to  a  limited  extent. 

In  his  record  of  this  interview  he  refers  to  the  dot  and  line 
alphabet  which,  with  certain  transpositions,  was  practically 
identical  with  both  inventors.  At  your  convenience  I  should 
be  pleased  to  learn  just  how  much  of  thiB  has  already  been 
printed  as  it  appears  to  me  that  in  order  to  make  this  gift  of 
the  greatest  value  some  extracts  from  it  should  be  printed. 

Very  truly  yours, 



American  Institute  of  Electrical  Engineers 


April  18,  1910. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

My  dear  Tom:  i:<- 

Our  mutual  friend  Mr.  Martin  has  recently  placed  in  my 
hands  the  autograph  journal  of  Professor  Morse  which  you  have 
kindly  presented  to  the  Institute.  It  is  a  most  interesting 
and  acceptable  donation  to  our  collection  and  I  was  very  much 
pleased  to  learn  that  it  fell  into  the  hands  of  one  who  not 
only  appreciates  its  value  hut  had  in  mind  the  general  interest 
of  the  electrical' fraternity  and  has  placed  it  in  the  possession 
of  those  who  will  not  only  care  for  its  future  preservation, 
hut  place  it  where  it  will  he  accessible  for  the  inspection  of 
those  who  may  wish  to  familiarize  themselves  with  the  early 
tribulations  of  a  great  inventor. 

Very  truly  yours. 



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3l.ilair*x-t  (florae 


Cleveland,  0.,  April  28,  191 

Dear  Sirs- 

You  will  have  reason  this  year  to  feel  an  increai 
ed  pride  in  your  membership  in  the  Illuminating  Engineerim 
Sooiety,  -  a  grand  work  marking  an  epoch  in  the  progress  o: 
the  lighting  industry  has  been  projected,  of  which  you  will 
hear  fully  later. 

Meantime,  you  will  be  interested  to  note  another 
sign  of  its  vigorous  development  through  the  appropriation 
by  the  Council  of  certain  funds  for  the  conduct  of  a  Membei 
ship  Campaign,  which  has  been  placed  in  charge  of  Ur.  W.  H 
Gartley  of  Philadelphia,  Professor  H.  B.  Dates  6f  the  Case 
School  of  Applied  Science  of  Cleveland,  and  the  writer. 

V7e  want  your  co-operation  in  this  work  to  the  ex¬ 
tent  of  giving  us  the  names  of  a  few  men  who  need  the  Sooi¬ 
ety,  and  wnom  the  Society  needs.  You  will  of  course  indue 
their  corporate  connection,  together  with  the  full  address 
of  each  individual. 

As  we  plan  to  start  our  active  work  Mav  10th,  anc 
to  conclude  it  June  14th,  your  prompt  co-operation  will  be 
particularly  appreciated,  and  for  your  convenience,  I  am  en 
closing  a  stamped,  self-addressed  envelope. 

[  !  Chairman  Membership  Committee, 


Assoc.  MemberB* 

Mr.  ff.  H.  Gartley 
Prof.  H.  B.  Dates 

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ROT  YORK,  May  18,  1910. 

Ihoaias  A.  Edison,  Esquire  f  0 

Ed i non  Laboratories 

Orange.  N.  j. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

President  Fnteauff  was  greatly  delighted  at  his  reception 
the  other  day,  although  sorry  that  you  will  not  be  able  to  be  with  us 


_ May _ _ /9jQ _ 

— Frank -7.  FmeauffV-P-reo. - 

national  Eleotrio  Light.  Association 

_ Building . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Eleotrio  light  Assooiation-on-its-  twenty-fifth  anniversary.  Long  may 

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SI  NY  IQ.  R  26  Paid  DPR 
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Thoa  A  Edison, 

West  Orange  NJ. 

^111  you  kindly  taldgraph  through  the  Post  Dispatch  a  greeting ^ 
t°  and  appreciation  of  work  of  the  National  Electric  Light 
Association  now  in  ee3sion  St  Louis. 

Post  Dispatch.  . 

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New  v  York  7  Electrical  7  Society 

:  the  Secret  ary 

29  West  39th  Street 

New  York, . June . 14.., . 19.1.Q.. 

Mr.  R.  H.  Beach, 

Edison  Storage  Battery  » 

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Dear  Hr.  Beach: - 

I  have  Been  away  from  town  and  on  my  return  I  found  your 
kind  letter  in  regard  to  the  proposed  visit  to  Hr.  Edison's  Lab¬ 
oratory.  We  are  much  gratified  that  this  is  something  that  we  can 
look  forward  to.  You  wore  good  enough  to  say  that  I  might  put  your 
name  down  as  a  candiate  for  the  new  York  Electrical  Society,  which 
1  have  done.  Hr.  Martin  and  myself  are  proposing  and  seconding  you. 
Hay  I  ask  you  to  kindly  sign  the  enclosed  application  and  return  it 
to  me  forthwith,  obliging, 

Yours  very  truly, 


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some  information  as  to  the  American  Civic  Alliance  of  #507  Fifth 
Avenue  ,  New  York  City  ,  N.Y.  I  have  received  a  request  to  join  same'*  / 
and  would  request  your  opinion  as  to  its  objects  and  usefulness.  1 

Thanking  you  for  any  information  you  can  giveme  ,  I  remain  , 

Yours  respectfully. 

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Arif  On  behalf  of  the  National  Geographic  Society  I  beg  to  thank 
(/  you  for  your  generous  subscription  to  the  proposed  South  Polar 
Expedition  under  the  auspices  of  the  National  Geographic  Society 
and  the  Peary  Arctic  Club.  Inasmuch  as  the  entire  amount 
required  could  not  be  raised  in  time  to  make  adequate  prepara¬ 
tions  for  the  scientific  and  otherwork,  the  Expedition  has  been 

abandoned.  Your  subscription  toiL_£/SL_  ~~ _ is  returneia  A  fl  oj 

herewith.  T  UVl 

With  much  appreciation  of  your  interest  in  the  work  of  /he  / 
National  Geographic  Society,  of  which  you  are  a  member,  I  jam, 

Very  sincerely  yours,  1 


Gkmtmtfte*  xti  Gte  limited 


Edgewood  Camp,  Sugar  Hill,  N.  H. 
1st  September  1910 

To  the  Members  of  the  Committee  of  One  Hundred: 

I  understand  that  there  has  been  sent  to  yo 
a  oopy  of  the  "First,' Report"  of  the  "National 
League  for  Medical  freedom" .  This  will  show  you 
that  the  opposition  to  the  efforts  of  the  Commit 
tee  of  One  Hundred  is  well  organized,  and  is  be¬ 
ing  conducted  bjf professionals  in  public  propa¬ 
ganda.  The  Coaattee  of  One  Hundred  must  meet 
this  opposition.  We  must  prepare  for  the  next 
session  of  CJhgress  at  which  will  be  reached  the 
culminationjgf  our  efforts  to  get  passed  a  bill 
to  establish  a  Department  or  Bureau-  of  Health. 

•Presfiaent  Taft  intends  to  help  actively. 
Senajor  Open  and  others,  who  have  already  intro¬ 
duced  bjyls  and  made  speeches  in  favor  of  a  De- 
partfaen#  of  Health,  can  be  counted  on.  The  hear- 
ingg  ay  the  last  session  (covering  over  700 
pa§lSy  a  8Unnnary  of  which  is  sent  you  under  sep- 
arsjfce/cover,  have  prepared  the  ground.  Both 
Hojsjjr  and  Senate  Committees  are  expected  to  re- 
P°lysome  form  of  health  bill.  Many  members  of 
thQJG ommittee  of  One  Hundred  have  helped  greatly 
ir.Vbringing  matters  to  the  present  stage  and  the 
help  of  all  is  now  needed  to  finish  the  work. 

The  whole  situation,  comprising  opposition,  fi¬ 
nances  and  future  plans  is  now  so  important  that 
members  of  the  Executive  Committee  feel  that  the 
whole  Committee  should  be  called  together  to  con¬ 
sider  the  best  plan  of  action. 

I  am  therefore  writing  to  call  the  Committee 
of  One  Hundred  together  Saturday,  October  8th,  in 
New  York  City,  the  place  of  meeting  to  be  desig¬ 
nated  later.  I  am  writing  thus  far  ahead  to  give 
those  members  living  at  a  distance  an  opportunity 
to  make  their  plans  to  come.  I  enclose  a  postal, 
addressed  to  the  Executive  Secretary,  and  shall 
be  obliged  if  you  will  indicate  to  her  whether  or 

not  you  think  you  will  he  able  to 
giving  definite  information  as  to 
New  York. 

attend.  I  will  write  you  again 
the  hour  and  place  of  meeting  in 

Sincerely  yours, 


Headquarters  Fifth  Regiment,  Infantry 
Rational  Guard  of  Hew  Jersey 
Paterson,  H.  J. 

Colonel  Hino  and  the  Officers  of  the 
Fifth  Regiment,  Infantry,  N.G.N.J.,  acknowledge 
with  their  sincere  gratitude  the  receipt  of  Hr, 
Thomas  A.  Edison's  contribution  of  $100.00  to 
the  fund  being  raisod  for  the  benefit  of  the 
regiment  in  an  endoavor  to  moke  the  headquarters 
and  home  stations  of  the  companies  comprising  the 
organization  more  comfortable  and  attractive, 
that  desirable  enlistments  may  be  encouraged. 

September  13th,  1910. 

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New  York,  N.  K.._ . .December  8 , . 191 0,1911 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J. 
My  dear  Edison-- 

m  *>'  'a0  i . 


The  Annual  Banquet  of  the  Ohio  Society  of  New  York,  of 
which  you  are  a  member,  will  be  held  at  the  Waldorf-Astoria  as 
usual,  Saturday  evening,  January  14,  . 1911. 

Theodore. N.  Vail,  told  me  the  other  day  that  he  would  be 
present.  The  subject  for  the  evening  is  "Ohio  in  Transportation". 

As  the  telegraph  and  the  telephone  have  nad  a  great  deal  to  do  with 
transportation,  I  think  it  would  be  a  .fine  thing  for  you  to  be 
present  as  well  as  Vail. 

f  Can  you  not  arrange  to  be  there?  — ez^Ar- 

CA^v^-e^XA O^L. 

(f^  cz-~A-gr, 

fox*, Co -—4"  CL  e«*v\*^c-tf 

O.uJt.  ^  UTbcMSiZ*--)-— 


^ _  I  know  that  you  are  a  member  of  the 

,  Society),  hut  it  would  afford  me  much  pleasure  to  have 

you  sit  with  our  distinguished  guests  upon  the  occasion  of 
our  25th  anniversary  dinner  at  the  Waldorf,  on  Saturday 
evening,  January  the  14th  next. 

I  understand  you  are  averse  to  speaking,  hut, if 
you  feel  disposed,  I  Should  he  glad  to  have  you  say  some¬ 
thing,  which  I  know  would  he  appreciated  hy  the  company 
present.  The  theme  of  the  banquet  this  year  will  he 
"Ohio  in  Transportation".  Kindly  let  me  hear  from  you  at 
your  earliest  convenience. 

Hoping  for  a  favorable  reply,  believe  me- 
Sincerely  yours, 


President  Ohio  Society  of  Hew  York. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 
Llewellyn  Park, 
West  Orange, 

and  Industrial  affairs,  and  Boston  has  a  large  and  enthus¬ 
iastic,  engineering  group.  This  group  plans  to  have  a  dinner 
in  January,  preferably  the  latter  part,  at  which  we  are  very 
anxious  to  have  you  attend.  I  will  guarantee  that  we  can 
put  up  as  enthusiastic  an  occasion  as  you  are  likely  to  find. 
yre  want  you  to  come  as  special  guest,  to  give  us  a  chance  to 
show  our  appreciation  of  the  great  creative  work  of  your 
intellect;  and  this  appreciation  will  he  equally  expressed 
by  men  in  all  branches  of  engineering.  Tie  also  want  Mrs . 
Edison  to  come  and  see  the  occasion,  and  in  addition  to  that, 
those  of  us  who  arc  in  the  faculty  of  the  Massachusetts  In¬ 
stitute  of  Technology ,  earnestly  hope  that  Mrs.  Edison  and 
you  may  come  prepared  to  spend  at  least  an  extra  day  in  order 
that  you  may  visit  the  Institute,  see  its  sights  and  its  methods, 
as  well  a3  have  a  visit  with  your  son  Charles. 

T.  A 

.  .  .  .2 

December  19,  1910. 

;7e  all  know  that  It  is  a  matter  of  serious 
moment  for  a  man  with  your  busy  occupations  to  accept  an 
Invitation;  but  we  are  so  strongly  bent  upon  this,  that  we 
must  have  you?*  kind  consideration.  This  is  one  of  those 
few  occasions  upon  which'  the  engineers  can  adequately  show 
their  appreciation  of  great  creative  work,  and  for  that  reason 
we  particularly  ask  for  the  kind  consideration  and  acceptance 
of  the  invitation  for  both  Mrs.  Edison  and  yourself. 

Sincerely  yours, 




Deoember  22,  19 1C 


The  President  of  the  Inven 
has  appointed  the  following  Committee, 

Mr.  Edison 

Mr.  West 

Mr.  Hunt 

to  draw  up  a  minute  or  a  resolution  regarding  the 
death  of  our  follow  member,  Charles  T.  Porter. 

One  meeting  has  passed  by  since  that 
time  arid  I  am  in  hopes  that  we  will  be  able  to  repprt 
at  our  next  meeting  on  the  29th  inst.  As  we  are  not 
likoly  to  have  a  meeting  before  that  time,  X  have 
drawn  up  a  minute  whioh  could  be  spread  on  the  Minutes 
of  the  Guild,  if  it  should  meet  the  approval  of  the 

I  enclose  a  oopy  and  would  be  glad  to 
have  your  suggestions  both  as  to  the  subject  matter 
and  the  form  in  which  it  is  drawn.  Strike  out,  add  to, 
or  make  any  changes  that  comes  to  your  mind.  If  we 
are  to  meet  on  the  29th  inst.,  it  will  require  prompt 

Very  truly  yours, 
CL  ,  >  i  , 



It  is  frith  sorrow  that  wo  record  the  death  of  !ir, 
Charles  T.  Porter,  tho  famous  Inventor,  Author,  Engineer  and 
the  Father  of  the  high  Booed  steam  engine.  it  would  be 
difficult  to  overestimate  the  influence  of  this  mechanical 
genius  on  engineering  praotice  in  general.  The  modern  high 
speed  direot  oonneoted  steam  engine,  tho  isoohronous  governor, 
the  cylinder  pressure  indicator,  tho  automobile  engine  and  tho 
light  weight  aeroplane  engine,  are  the  logical  results  of  his 
pioneer  work. 

hr.  Porter  was  a  man  charming  in  manner,  clear  in 
diction,  tireless  in  his  profession  and  whoso  whole  career  was 
an  illustration  of  the  highest  ethical  standards.  During  his 
life  ho  received  high  honors,  among  which  was  being  the  fifth 
to  receive,  by  the  Joint  action  of  tho  American  Society  of 
Mechanical  Engineers,  tho  American  Institute  of  Mining  Engineers , 
the  American  Institute  of  Electrical  Engineers  and  the  American 
Eooiety  of  Civil  Engineers,  tho  JOHN  FRITZ  MEDAL,  awarded  for 
notable  industrial  or  scientific  achievement.  The  previous 
recipients  of  the  medal  were  Lord  Kelvin,  George  IVostinghouse, 
Alexander  Graham  Bell  and  Thomas  Alva  Edieon. 

The  distinction  of  Honorary  Membership  in  the  American 
Society  of  Mechanical  Engineers  was  conferred  upon  him  in  1890. 

He  honored  our  Guild  hy  accepting  membership  therein, 
and  this  minute  is  entered  on  our  records  as  an  expression  of 
our  appreciation  of  Mr.  Porter’s  eminence  as  a  constructive 
engineer  and  his  exemplary  influence  in^f^^^'tho  higher 
ideals  of  the  profession. 

Society  of  Automobile  Engineers 

re  can  nr  P7tli,  191C  . 

i  'r .  fhoma  s  A /Edison, 

fir:  /l 

7,'e  are  enclosing  herewith  an  invitation  for  you  to  to  r>resent  at 
the  Annual  "eetinr;  of  the  Society  of  Automobile  Uneinoers  .  '"his  is  at  the 
request  of  IMtehison,  a  member  of  the  Society .  All  indications 

point  to  our  iiavinr  a.  very  interesting  meeting  and  v;e  hope  you  may  find  it 
convenient  to  attend. 

Very  truly  yours, 

QJb  ^  Qico^~ 

0,  General  'Tanacer. 

'..Inc . 


Brar&ir:  y  ^7 

At  iljr  augyratlnn  «f  fflr.  , 

mtp  itf  mtr  mrmlimi.  ntc  rxlrtiil  tii  yuu  a  rnrbtal  imittattim  tn  uttnih 
®l)r  Annual  fUrriiuy  nf  tl;r 
©nrirtt;  nf  Autunuiliilc  Eityittrrri; 

Sanitary  11  mill  12.  1H11.  tu  hr  Ijrlii  at  %  Autnmuliilr  (Clul.  „f 
Amrrita.  54tlj  »trrrt.  inrnt  nf  tSruaJiuiay,  Slrui  IJurli  ffiitjj. 

Jllraar  afniiur  if  mut  mill  attmti. 

Hn'U  trull)  ijmini. 

(Culirr  3f.  (Slurltmiu, 

©rnrral  fitoiusyrr. 

1910.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Employment  (D-10-20) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  from  or  about  employees  and 
prospective  employees.  There  are  also  letters  soliciting  Edison's  opinion 
regarding  former  employees  seeking  employment  elsewhere.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  consists  of  requests  for  employment  at  the  West  Orange 
laboratory,  some  in  answer  to  newspaper  advertisements.  Among  the  items  for 
1910  are  documents  pertaining  to  the  employment  of  Sydney  W.  Ashe,  Donald 
M.  Bliss,  Newman  H.  Holland,  and  violinist  Arturo  Nutini.  There  are  also  letters 
concerning  the  estates  of  Charles  Batchelor  and  John  Kruesi. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  consist  primarily  of  unsuccessful  applications  for 
employment  at  the  laboratory. 

ram,  Mr.  Josoph  Floinohor ,  aged  about  twenty-one 
years,  residing  with  hio  parents  in  thio  3ootion, 
and  whom  X  have  known  for  the  pant  10  yeara  as 
very  respeotable. 

The  young  non  has,  no  doubt,  an  inventive 
raind,  and  adaptability  for  eleotrioity  und  eleotrioal 
raachinory,  oto. 

Me  has  had  quite  none  praotioal  onporienoe 
in  eleotrioal  work,  and  X  feel  oonfident  that,  if  he 
really  does  poo sea a  talent,  he  night  prove  hinaelf 
useful  and  nervioeable  to  you  end  beoorae  benefitted 
and  inoidentally  have  his  present  position  iraproved. 

If  you  desire  the  young  nan  to  oall  on  you, 
kindly  let  m  knot/  when  and  where,  suitable  to  your 

.C1CI  ,r  ,rat, 


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ORANGE,  N.  J. 


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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  1T.J. 

)Sy  Dear  Edison: 

I  received  Mr.  Miller *s ^letter  oSTthe  Jjj/' 

was  leaving  Hew  York.  X  received  a  similar  letter  to  throne 
addressed  to  you  "by  Messrs.  Merrill  and  Rogers,  Hr.  B&tschelo  r  •  sf 
lawyers, and  X  have  written  them  as  per  enclos^L  oojgir.jvf  ,.a3cs| 
received  a  letter  from  Olga  ICniesi,practicallyplie  sarasTaEB 
one  which  she  addressed  to  you  and  which  you  forwa  to  me. 
will  take  this  whole  matter  of  the  Kruesi  estate  up  actively, 
consulting  Messrs.  Eaton,  Lewi s  &  Rowe  with  reference  to  it  and'~c 
soon  as  I  have  the  necessary  information  in  shape  I  shall  go  to 
Orange  to  see  you  about  it.  Have  you  any  objection  to  my  bringing 
August  and  Paul  Kruesi  with  me  when  I  go  to  confer  with  you? 

I  am  inclined  to  think  that  we  have  got  to  a  point  where, bo  far 
as  we  are  concerned,  it  would  be  well  to  distribute  the  estate 

if  we  have  the  legal  right  to  do  so. 

Yours  truly 


Chicago,  Jan.  10,  1910. 

Messrs.  Merrill  &  hogers, 

128  Broadway,  Mew  York  City. 

Bear  Sirs: 

He  Kreuai. Estate.  Your  letter  of  December  31st, 
written  on  behalf  of  your  client,  Hr.  Charles  Batchelor,  came  to 
hand  whilst  I  was  absent  from  the  City.  On  ray  return,  I  also  find 
a  letter  from  Mr.  Edison,  asking  rae  to  take  the  subject  up  with 
you.  unfortunate  death  of  Mr.  Batchelor  will  necessarily 

c.iange  the  procedure  in  this  natter.  X  ara  communicating  with  ray 
attorneys,  Messrs.  Eaton,  lewis  &  Howe,  of  30  Church  Street, 

Mew  York,  and  as  I  have  not  got  a  copy  of  the  will  of  the 
late  Kr.  John  Kreusi,  X  have  requested  Messrs.  Eaton, 
lewis  and  Howe  to  ask  your  firm  to  oblige  me  by  furnishing  them 
v/ith  a  copy.  As  soon  as  I  have  had  an  opportunity  to  hear  from 
them,  X  will  communicate  further  with  you. 

Yours  truly 

Henry  R.  Worthington 


January  12,  1910. 

Hr.  Ihomas  A.  Edison, 

West  Oranee,  N.  J. 

We  are  looking  for  a  o ompetekt  man  to  put  in  Vne  of  our  Kanu 
urmg  Dep  ts.  as  General  Foreman  or  Superintendent  and  Hr.  Cjalvin  : 
OOA  _  .  . .  J  _ 

Freid,  224  Bank  St.,  Newark,  has  applied  for  this  pjfei^Sand  informs 
me  that  he  was  in  your  employ  for  a  number  of  years  working  personally 
with  you  on  experimental  work  ana  in  different  departments  of  your 
works  as  Foreman  and  .Designer. 

Will  you  kindly  let  me  know  whether  you  consider  this  man  com¬ 

petent  to  fill  a  posit, 
a  large  number  of  men  i 

3  General  Foreman 

Any  information  that  you  may  give  me  in  this  di 
.dered  strictly  confidential. 

Shanking  you  in  anticipation  of  same,  I  remain 
Very  truly  yours,  . 




4  \ 

%)■  Jr  January  130,  1910. 

Mr.  Durand, 

Hop lying  to  your  memorandum  of  the  3rd  inet. ,  on  the 
3uhjoct  of  alternating  'motors,  I  undo r stand  that  nothing  will  bo  done 
in  this  direction  until  tho  actual  contract  with  Mr.  Blisa  ia  signed 
and  that  this  cannot  bo  done  for  sonotira.  I  don't  think  we  ought  to 
go  to  any  or.ponso  until  wo  liave  a  distinct  and  dofinito  contract  with 
Mr.  Bliss,  and  ovon  tlion  I  think  tho  motors  ought  to  bo  first  design¬ 
ed  and  a  ample  s  rnado  and  tostod  and  finally  approved  before  anything 
is  dono  in  the  way  of  actual  manufacture. 

y.  h.  d. 



J'lomo  regarding  Engineering  &  Commercial  Experience.  j 

Chief  Engineer-  of  the  Holtzor-Cabot  Electric  Co.,  ana  in  charge  of  both 
productive  aid  commercial  endB  of  their  motor  business  for  fourteen  years, 
designing  their  well  known  line  of  D.C.  and  A.C.  motors,  generators  and  a  varied 
line  of  special  apparatus.  I  personnally  secured  and  built  various  motor 
equipments* or  sixteen  battle  ships  of  the  U.S.  navy.  Hull  ventilation,  ^munition 
Hoists,  Peck  winches, etc. ,  also  over  SO0  motors  for  the  various  "as®  yards  and 
motors  for  subway  ventilation.  I  also  secured  contracts  and  designed  the  special' 
motor  used  in  operating  the  large  coast  defense  guns,  over  150  of  which,  are 

now  in  use. 

I  built  up  the  H.C.  motor  business  from  $50,000.  per  year  to  §350,000.  jj 
One  of  their  most  profitable  specialties  is' their  single  phase. A.C.  motor,  of  i| 
which  many  thousands  have  been  used.  I  wrote  up  and  arranged  all  of  their 
catalogues  and  bull  etins  and  was  in  charge  of  all  correapondenoe  connected  ' 
with  the  motor  business. 

M?  "term  with  them  covered  about  eight  years,  when  I  left  voluntari¬ 

ly. 'After  two  years  I  Was  recalled,  remaining  with  them  six  years,  when  I  left  a- 

ain  at  the  end  of  1006,  to  organize  the  Engineering  Specialty  Company 
President  and  Chief  Engineer. 

Sinoe  then  I  have  developed  a  variable  and  constant  speed  type  of 
repulsion  single  phase  motor  and  a  full. lino  of  small  D.C.' motors;  also  a 
highly  successful  universal  motor  for.  A.C.  and  D.C.  nm:: circuit  for  the 
American  Gramophone  Co.,  running  equally  well  on  100  and  125  volts,  D.C.  and. 

110  volt,  40  and  SO. cycles,  A.C.  circuit  without  change  of  adjustment.  All  the 
U.S.  navy  motor  generators  for  gun  control! ,  motors  for  Boiler  firing  signalsietc 

■  I  have  personally  secured  the  trade  of  such  concerns  as,  The  Western 
'0l  °°-  "-  ■“W  OTBan  Co.,  Emisn 

"*  ’  Kl00tre11-  ««..  Holmes  H,e  Protsotlvo 

A1UOT”  °°-  «•-  «  ott„s  all  ^  *  ,.0.  „otor; 


anti  generators,  l/20  to  1-1/2  H.P.  and  A.C.  l/lO  to  l/4  H.P.  In  nearly  every 

ease  at  higher  prices  than  the  usual  figures  of  other  manufacturers, 
personal  ' 

Am.  in  cloBe/.touch  with  the  executive  Officials  of  the  above  concerns 
and  can  furnish  the  best  of  references  both  from  an  engineering  ana.  personal 

■The  panic  coming  on  so  soon  after  our  starting  business  and  our  leading 
stockholders  having  been  severely  hit  by  this, as  v/oll  as  by  the  prohibition 
wave  3 a  the  south,  makes  it  difficult  to  secure  the  proper  working’ capital  and 
equipment  to  carry  out  my  plans  and  renders  it  necessary  for  mo  to  consider 
other  cou..ootionc  at  an  early  date. 


APRIL  28/09 

KH.  B.  K.  BLISS, 

!'23  Thira  Street?! 



'The  writer  would  like 

to  have  a  personal  conversation  with  you  in  riew 
York  City  at  your  earliest  convenience  on  any 
day  except  Saturday. 

Awaiting  your  prompt 

reply,  I  remain. 

Yours  very  truly, 

edisoti  bc'Ifess  "n  hoqraph  corr.-rry 


William  D. Wright, 

unit  (Homr'sclcr  at  Jlstiv, 


January  22,  1910, 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

New  Jersey. 

Dear  Al:- 



Mrs.  y, 'right  joins  me  in  thanking  you  for  your 
prompt  attention  in  seeing  that  our  daughter  was  given 
work  in  connection  with  the  moving  picture  making  business. 
In  her  letters  to  us,  she  warmly  praises  the  sanitary  con¬ 
ditions,  associations  and  surroundings,  and  is  evidently 
happy  in  the  work,  which  seems  to  fully  satisfy  her  de¬ 
sire  for  theatrical  expression.  Of  course,  that  sort  of 
work  for  her  will  be  much  more  satisfactory  to  us  than 
to  have  her  travelling  over  the  country,  and  our  hope  is 
that  she  may  be  found  worthy  of  being  givon  regular  em¬ 

In  spite  of  the  multitude  of  things  pressing 
upon  your  attention,  kindly  continue  to  bear  her  in 
mind  a  little  until  she  shall  have  had  opportunity  to 
prove  her  fitness  for  the  work,  and  greatly  oblige. 

Yours  sincerely, 


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ORANGE,  N.  J. 


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■AZ<%U„an- ?M 

Jan*  35,  191o 

Frank  L.  Dyer; 

Dear  Sir, 

I  am  going  to  bother  you  onoe  more,  this  time  to 
Kive  ydu  my  permanentaddross ,  133  West  145th.  St.  New 
York,  as  I  Know  that  sometime  you  will  realise  the 

injustioe  in  expeoting  anyone  to  turn  out  as  good 
work  in  the  31st. street  studio  as  oan  be  done  at 
the  Bronx.  I  am  surprised  that  Mr.  Plimpton  did 
not  oall  your  attention  to  this  before  novr. 

Hoping  in  the  near  future  to  be  onoe  more 

employed  by  the  Edison  Co.;  I  am, 

Very  truly  yours, 






10  Fifth  Avenue,  New  York  cable 


'  Jan.  31st,  1910. 

r.v.  SVank  X..  Dyer,  Vice-President, 
Edison  Manufacturing  Co. , 
Orange ,  M.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

return  enclosed  letter  from  1 

bright,  dated  January  22nd,  which  you  sent  me,  and  which 
I  intended  to  return  before  this. 

I  explained  to  you  Thursday  night  that  we  were 
using  Kiss  Wright  all  that  we  could,  and  shall  give  her 
within  a  few  days  an  opportunity  to  do  work  of  a  little 
more  important  nature  than  she  has  been  doing. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Kinetograph  Dept. , 



Negative  Production. 


New  York,  February  10,  1910. 

Hr.  Nelson  0.  Durant, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  understand  that  you  have  an  opening  in  your  company 
for  an  engineer  to  do  design  and  development  work  on  some  new 
apparatus  you  consider  putting  on  the  market  and  I  wish  to  make 
application  c£or  this  position. 

While  I  have  not  had  a  very  extensive  experience  in 
the  construction  of  phonographs  yet  I  believe  my  work  in  other 
lines  in  which  a  great  many  problems  of  the  same  nature  as  are 
met  with  in  phonograph  work  are  involved,  would  enable  me  to 
qualify  for  the  work  you  have  in  mind. 

I  have  had  fifteen  years  experience  in  the  design  and 
manufacture  of  electrical  apparatus  with  the  following  concerns: 

Three  years  with  Ness,  McLarn  &  Bate,  manufacturers  of 
electrical  supplies  and  telephones,  in  Montreal. 

Seven  years  with  the  Holtzer-Oabot  Electric  Co.  of 
Brookline,  Mass.,  where  I  had  charge  of  the  telephone 
department  and  the  design  of  other  eleatrical  special¬ 

Five  years  with  my  present  employers,  Western  Electric  Co., 
two  years  being  spent  in  the  original  design  section  of  the 
engineering  department,  two  years  in  charge  of  the  experimen¬ 
tal  laboratory  in  Chicago  and  the  last  year  in  my  present 
position  in  the  engineering  sales  department. 

As  I  am  very  enthusiastic  as  to  the  possibilities  of  the 
position  you  have  open  I  would  be  willing  to  start  with  you  at  the 
same  rate  as  I  am  now  getting,  viz:  ^^tf-^^per  week,  but  I  should 
wish  it  understood  that  this  amount  be  increased  ^^^"per  week  at 
the  end  of  six  months  and  to/^^'per  week  at  the  end  of  the  year 

dating  from  the  time  I  first  enter  the  employ  of  your  Company. 

I  should  be  willing  to  change  my  connection  at  any 
time  that  would  suit  your  convenience  but  would  of  course  require 
some  little  time  to  adjust  work  that  I  have  at  hand  with  my  pres¬ 
ent  employers  and  give  them  time  to  make  arrangements  for  my 

Yours  truly, 

February  11th,  1910. 

Mr.  Frank  1.  Dyer, 


Dear  Sir: 

Attached  please  find  application  from 
H.  H.  Holland  for  position  which  you  and  I  have 
talked  over  before. 

I  have  told  Mr.  Holland  that  you  will 
probably  not  be  in  until  Monday,  the  14th  inst. , 
after  which  time  you  will  probably  give  his  lette' 
your  best  consideration. 

1  Enc. 

Mr.  Durand:  2/15/10. 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  11th  inst. , accom¬ 
panying  application  for  position  hy  Fir.  Holland,  take  up 
this  matter  with  Mr.  Wilson  and  get  his  opinion. 

Of  course,  it  is  to  ho  understood,  should  Mr.  Holland 
come  with  us,  that  any  inventions  he  might  make  during  the 
period  of  his  employment  or  developed  hy  him  during  that 
period,  should  he  assigned  to  us.  Was  this  understood  v/ith 

pA-  .  -  h* 

Dyer  Smith:  S/lO/lO. 

Replying  ‘o  the  fettattfeod  taciaorondtua,  the  con¬ 
tract-  v;:l th  Mr.  Bliss  can  lie  nad<  with  the  Bdicon  .Vhono yr null 
y/orhs,  hut  should  specifically  provide  that  it  may  be  assipnoa 
to  tho  Btiooessor  in  business  of  the  Edison  Hioncgraph  lories. 

I  t'ninl:  tliat  tho  -torn  was  for  five  years,  but  Mr. 

Durand  can  advise  you  as  to  this. 

If  possible,  it  should  provide  that  the  contract 
may  be  renewed  upon  tho  sane  terms  for  a  further  period  of 
five  years.  If  r.  Bliss  objects  to  this,  do  not  insist 
upon  it. 

t,  do  not  thinl:  it  necessary  to  provide  for  any 
special  protection  from  «r.  Bliss  after  the  contract  em¬ 
pires,  because  tb.c  whole  tiling  is  a  gamble,  in  which  he  will 
have  to  tahe  his  chance  along  with  us. 

I  thlnh  it  is  a  very  rood  suggestion  to  provide 
in  this  and  other  contracts  that  inventions  in  tho  same  line 
made  within  one  year  after  leaving  ho  employ  of  tho  company 
should  be  assigned  to  us. 

B' J)/lV.T/ 

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Mr.  Dyer:- 


I  understand,  that'  Mr.  Scull  handed  this  contract 
in  final  form  to  you  some  time  ago.  I  also  understand  that 
Mr.  Edison  says  it  is  to  stand  regardless  of  Mr.  Bliss'  new 
position.  Will  you  please  take  the  matter  up  and  have  it 
signed  By  Both  parties,  if  it  is  in  proper  form,  as  Mr.  Bliss 
seems  to  think  it  should  Be  signed  and  out  of  the  way  Before 
any  further  complications  arise  in  regard  to  his  new  position. 


his  dictation  rm  v  r*'j  snail. 

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be  placed  in  any  desired  point,  while  the  machine  holding 
the  cylinders  is  placed  wherever  the  transcribers  are  lo 

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07JATJ.ES  SCHIEU,  Engineer, 

Edison  laboratory , 

West  Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Tear  Sir: 

I  find  that  in  order  to  complete  work  which  I  have  on 
hand  with  the  Western  Electric  Company,  I  will  not  he  able  to 
report  to  you  on  Monday,  March  7th  hut  plan  to  do  so  Monday, 

March  14th.  Trust  this  will  he  satisfactory  to  you. 

X  trust  yo.u  will  pardon  the  delay  in  advising  you  as  to 
when  I  could  start  on  my  new  work,  hut  I  was  unahle  to  definitely 
determine  just  when  I  would  complete  my  work  here  until  to-day. 

It  is  perfectly  agreeable  to  me  to  make  an  arrangement 
for  turning  over  any  patents  that  may  be  taken  out  on  work  I 
develop,  to  the  company,  as  suggested  by  Mr.  Dyer. 

Yours  truly, 


Hr  2. 



I/ir.  Smith :  3/25/10. 

Roferri ng  to  the  proposed  agreement  with  Mr.  Bliss,  v/hloh 
I  return  horowith,  thoro  is  one  point  on  which  1  on  not  ontlroly 
oloni’.  You  provide  in  J’  1  that  the  employment  ehall  con¬ 
tinue  for  the  term  of  five  years  and  in  ParaGraph  3  that  .hr.  31iss 
ontero  our  employ  for  tho  term  of  fivo  years  at  a  oalaiy  of 
03500.00  per  year  and  a  commission  of  2  l/z-L  2ho  6th  paragraph 
providos  that  tho  acroomont  can  ho  torminatod  at  60  days  notice. 

I  an  not  suro  hut  what,  if  wo  olootod  to  terminate  tho  acroomont, 
v/o  would  still  have  to  pay  hr.  Bliss  his  salary  and  commission, 
fhoro  arrears  to  ho  no  provision  that  if  tho  acroomont  is  torminatod 
at  our  option  that  Hr.  Bliss  is  to  rcccivo  anything-  I  wish  you 


would  got  Hr*  Holden’s  viows  on  thoso  points  and  also  have  him  look 
ovor  tho  acroomont  so  that  wo  may  havo  tho  honofit  of  his  advioo. 
Sho  acroomont  apparently  should  ho  sicnod  hy  Mr.  Edison  as 
I’rosidont  of  tho  Phonograph  Works,  so  that  it  would  ho  woll  to 
wait  until  ho  returns ,  about  tho  middlo  of  April.  In  tho 
moantimo,  thoro  would  ho  no  harm  in  sayinc  to  Mr.  Bliss  that  tho 
agreeraont  was  substantially  oorroot— that  is  if  you  think  so¬ 
und  he  can  go  ahoad  tho  oamo  as  if  tho  agroomont  had  actually 
boon  signed. 

EID/IWW  p.  l.  D. 


Mar oh  30,  1910. 

Mr.  Dyer:- 

Mr.  J.  8.  Kelley,  representing  the  Knights  of 
Labor,  Inc.,  was  in  to  see  you  a  oouple  of  days  ago,  looking 
for  a  contribution  toward  their  organization.  I  think  he 
thought  that  $100.  was  about  the  right  amount.  The  basis  for 
hiB  request  was  the  fact  that  their  organization  was  antagon¬ 
istic  to  GomperB  and  the  Federation  of  Labor,  and  while  he 
did  not  say  so  in  bo  many  words,  their  attitude  seemed  to 
be  that  if  the  employers  of  labor  would  help  them,  they  would 
build  up  an  organization  which  would  hold  Gompers  and  his 
Federation  in  check.  He  gave  the  names  of  a  great  many  large 
corporations,  which  had  already  contributed.  I  told  him  that 
it  was  doubtful  whether  you  would  take  any  interest  in  the 
thing,  since  we  had  no  labor  troubles  and  did  not  anticipate 
any.  It  may  be  a  good  plan  for  manufacturers  to  build  up 
such  a  counter-irritant,  although  personally  it  strikes  me 
that  it  is  a  pretty  Bmall  pieoe  of  business  for  the  KnightB 
of  Labor  to  make  such  an  appeal,  since  theoretically  they 
are  working  in  the  interest  of  the  laboring  man  the  as 

^GpfnperB  is. 

If  you  wish  to  have  the  Company  contribute  I  have 
the. address  to  which  the  hheok  can  be  sent. 

G.  F.Ojull. 


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I  Tie g  to  ask  that  if  you  could  possibly 
uao  a  young  good  5^j|au»»t  flake  r  aid  touch  hard  In  your 
laboratory.  Ho  is  twenty  years  of  ago,  son  of  a  friend  of 
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landed.  He  is  very  anxious  to  start  with  you  if  possible. 

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Paulsen,  both  of  Copenhagen,  if  you  can  do  anything  for 
him,  I  should  be  very  happy  to  hear  from  you. 

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Edison  Laboratory, 

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Last  Summer,  as  you  know,  I  worked  in  yonr^abor- 
atory  on  the  cellulose  films. 

A  few  days  ago,  I  applied  to  the  General  Electric  Co.  for 
a  position,  and  they  require  your  recommendation. 

I  am  writing  to  ask,. if  you  will  kindly  address  Mr.  P.  V7. 
V/illoox ,  General  Bloo.  Co.,  Harrison,  IT.  j. 

Thanking  you  in  advance,  I  remain, 

Rospectfully  yours, 

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5  NEW  YORK  May  19th,  1910. 

Mr.  Miller, 

o/o  Edison  Phonograph  Works, 

lakeside  Ave. ,  7/est  Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

7/e  are  engaged  in  a  prooeeding  to  fix  the  transfer  tax 
upon  the  estate  of  Charles  Batohelor,  deceased.  We  find  that 

there  is  in  the  estate  253  44/100  shares  of  stock  of  the  Edison 
Phonograph  Works.  We  have  been  referred  to  you  by  Mr.  Joyoe  of 
J.  P.  Morgan  &  Company  as  being  the  person  who  could  give  us  the 
best  information  in  regard  to  the  value  of  this  stook. 

7/ill  you  kindly  advise  us  of  the  situation  in  regard  to  this 
stook,  the  dividend  paid  thereon,  and  its  market  value  in  your 
opinion  on  the  1st  day  of  January,  1910,  that  being  the  date  of 
Mr.  Batchelor's  death. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  courtesy  in  the  matter,  we 

Yours  very  truly, 


70S  East  Buffalo  Street, 
Ithaca,  IT.  y. 

May  26,  1910. 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Edison  Laboratory, 
t.  Orange  K.  J. 

Boar  Sir 

I  wish  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  Mr.  Killer's  letter 
of  the  34th.  inst.  saying  that  you  had  written  to  Mr.  IVilloox, 
of  the  Oeneral  Electric  Co.,  and  I  am  writing  to  thank  you 
for  your  kind  attention. 

Very  respectfully  yours 

June  13th  10. 

T.  Commerford  Mairtin,  3Eaq.. , 

239  West  39th  St., 

Hew  York  City. 

Commerford  Martin: 

Do  you  know  an  engineer  Handed 
Ashe,  who  is  a  Prof .  at  Pratts'  Institute,  Brooklyn 
and  the  author  of  a  "book  on  Electric  R.  R.  just 
published  by  D.  Van  Host rand.  I  want  to  use  an 
expert  for  a  week  or  two  and  will  pay  the  regular 
rate  per  day,  but  don't  care  to  pay  Sprague  or  the 
Mg}i  priced  men. 



Orig.  sent  to  Hr.  Martin  in  Mr.  E's  h.w.  pencil 
yellow  pad.  6/l3/L°* 


I  received  your  riots  this  morning  about  Prof. 

Iclyn  Polytechnio,  and  imnsdintsly  wirod  you  in  rer 
Ashe  is  now  away  on  hisaummer  vacation  up  in  Matnt 
wiok,  and  I  am  trying  to  roaoh  him  by  wiro.  I  01: 
m  him  today,  but  oortninly  by  tomorrow,  and  have  c 
n  touch  with  you  at  onoo.  I  know  Ashe  quite  wall,  and 
will  bo  glad  to  do  tlus  work  for  you,  ns  well  ns  quite 
t,  without  requiring  a  Ring's  ransom. 

10  HY  N  10  1043A 

New  Yolk  June  14-10 
Thoa  A  JSdiaon, 

Mdiaon  Laboratory,  Orange  NJ . 

Have  located  ashe  in  raaine  Am  trying  to  reach  him 

T.  c.  Martin, 

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July  22,  1910. 



lo  swfiethi 


Thoinaa  A.  Edison,  "Esq., 

Orange,  H.J. 

My  Dear  Edison: 

I  think  we  ought  to  do  seething  about  the  Kruesi 
Estate.  1  seldom  get  in  Hew  York  long  enough  to  spend  a  day  out 
at  Orange.  I  was  there  this  week  but  only  staid  one  night  and 
had  to  come  back  right  away.  Mr.  John  C.  Rowe,  the  head  of  the 
firm  of  Eaton,  lewis  and  Rowe,  is  fully  familiar  with  the  situation 
and  has  been  in  communication  with  Mrs. Bachelor ’slawyers  on  my 
behalf  and  has  also  been  in  communication  with  the  Kruesi  children. 
Would  you  see  Mr.  Rowe  if  I  instructed  him  to  go  out  to  Orange  to 
see  you?  I  think  what  has  got  to  be  done  is  that  you  have  got  to 
resign  as  guardian  of  the  minor  ohildren,  of  which  there  is  but  one 
now  tv/enty  years  of  age.  John  August  Kruesi  will  have  to  be  appoint¬ 
ed  in  your  plaoe  and  then  we  would  distribute  the  Estate.  It 
will  end  all  troubles  as  between  the  Kruesi  girl,  who  is  living  in 
Switzerland,  and  her  brothers  and  sisters,  and  will  relieve  us  of 
responsibility  and  this  is  the  time  we  ought  to  do  it,  because 
owing  to  Bachelor's  death  Mrs.  Bachelor  wants  an  aooount^Lnd  wants 
the  Bachelor  Estate  relieved  of  the  responsibility,.'  If  you  will 

Bend  me  word  as  to  whether.’.you  will  see  MT. 
for  him  to  go  out  and  see  you. 

>  I  will  arrange 

July  28,  1910.o  ^ 

.ML  30  - ' 

G.  A.  llaister,  Esq., 

Assistant  Secretary,  laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  H.J. 

Dear  Sir; 

1  have  yours  of  the  26th  and  have  written  Mr.  Rowe 
suggesting  that  he  telephone  out  to  you  to  make  an  engagement 
with  Mr.  Edison  for  him. 

Yours  truly 

zC  ofdb****^  is, <00  L 

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IkoOMVIKLD,  1ST.J.  Aug.  8,: 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

West  Orange,  H.  j. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  George  H.  Hooper,  Jr.,  has  applied  to  us  for  a  position 
in  our  Engineering  Department.  The  position  which  iB  vaoant  will 
include  considerable  research  work  and  will  give  opportunity  for 
considerable  original  investigation.  Mr.  Hooper  advises  that  he 
worked  under  you  for  several  years.  Will  you  kindly  advise  me 
regarding  the  character  of  his  work  during  the  time  that  he  was  with 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  kind  attention. 

Yours  very  truly. 


(jo  ' 

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G.  A.  Keister,  Esq.,  Secretary, 

c/o  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey, 

Bear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Samuel  Insull  has  asked  me  to  arrange  y/i  t) 

Cl.LJ.J-'  '£■  jL&A- 

you  a  time  when  I  may  call  and  confer  with  Mr.  Edison  in  .relation 
to  the  ICruesi  Estate.  I  shall  hold  myself  in  readiness  ^  } 
any  appointment  which  you  may  make  wi  th  Mr.  Edison  excepting 
on  Saturday  of  this  week  or  on  next  Monday  which  is  Labor  Bay. 
Will  you  kindly  let  me  know  when  I  may  call? 

Yours  very  truly, 



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J-1  jrelati 
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JCfl/Atf  M.  97 

gept.  14  th, 1910. 

Up.  H.  F.  Miller: 

In  re  attached  application  from  Miss 
B.  Colburn,  182  Rutledgo  Avenue,  East  Orange.H.J; 

Yes,  we  need  a  girl  of  Hiss  Colburn's 
ability,  but  unfortunately  since  the  order  of  the  day  seems 
to  be  a  reduction  in  the  forces  of  all  Departments,  I  see 
very  little  chance  of  getting  her. 

If  you  can  porsuade  Mr.  Edison  that  we 
could  spend  say  $15.00  a  week  to  good  advantage  in  the 
employment  of  Miss  Colburn  to  superintend  some  special  work 
in  this  Department  I  should  be  very  glad  to  interview  her  at 
an  early  date.  Otherwise,  not. 



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Hr.  Harry  I*.  Miller: - 

Ootohcr  4th,  1910. 

I  mentioned  yesterday  to  Mr.  Edison  the  sup- 
gestion  made  hy  his  wife  that  employment  should  he  given 
to  Miss  i/eloh  at  the  office,  and  he  tells  me  that  under 
no  circumstances  would  he  consent  to  have  this  done 
I  think  he  is  quite  right.  Therefore,  if  Mrs.  Edison 
mentions  the  matter  to  you  again,  toll  her  that  Mr.  Edison 
here^3  tliss  ought  not he  given  employment 

E.  R.  DURKEE  &  CO., 

Nos.  534  TO  540  Washington  Strand  1 2 1  to  1 2  7  Charlton  St. 


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Dear  Mr.  MeiBter: 

Mrs.  Batchelor  is  accounting  in  the  Kruesi  Estate 
and  her  attorneys  have  asked  me  to  secure  Mr.  Insull's  and  Mr. 
Edison's  waiver  of  citation,  thereby  saving  the  expense  of  publish¬ 
ing  the  citation.  Mr.  Insull  has  signed  his.  I  enclose  herewith 
one  for  Mr.  Edison  to  sign.  He  should  sign  at  the  place  indicated 
in  penoil  and  he  should  acknowledge  the  execution  of  this  waiver 
before  a  Hotary  Public,  who  should  sign  at  the  place  where  the 
word  "Notary"  is  indicated  in  pencil.  The  Notary  should  affix 
his  seal.  If  your  office  is  familiar  with  the  practice,  I  would 
like  to  have  you  get  a  County  Clerk’s  certificate  as  to  the 
Notary's  authority.  If  you  are  not  familiar  with  thiB  practice, 
kindly  return  the  waiver  to  me  after  Mr.  Edison  has  signed  it, 
and  I  will  send  some  one  over  to  your  County  Clerk's  Office  to  get 
a  County  Clerk' b  certificate. 

Mr.  Edison  doubtless  will  be  interested  to  know 
what  the  Estate  consists  of  at  the  present  time. 

G.A.M.  2. 

I  enclose  herewith  an  extract  from  the  filed  account 
showing  how  the  Estate  is  invested. 

Thanking  you  for  the  courtesy  of  bringing  this  to  Mr 
Edison's  attention  at  your  earliest  convenience,  I  an 

Yours  very  truly, 

j?  /)  /;/ 

JCR/ABT.  (Enel.)  M.  99. 



Investment  of  Principal. 





Union  Pacific  4,%  at  108-3/8  &  l/8  $ 





Northern  "  Prior  Lien  at 

106-3/8  &  l/8 




$  1,000. 

Metropolitan  St.Ry.  5/  at 

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$  9,000. 

"  5/  at  123-5/8  &  1/8 





$  5,000. 

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$  3,000. 

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$  3,000. 

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$  5,000. 

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$  2,000. 

"  General  “  at  65-1/2  &  l/e 




$  3,000 

"  "  "  at  65-1/2  &  1/8 

1, 968.75j 

$  57,511.25 

The  Northern  Pacific  Railway  Company  Prior  Lien  bonds 
are  twenty-two  (22)  in  number,  of  whioh  fourteen  (14)  are  $1,000 
eaoh  and  eight  (8)  are  $500  eaoh.  The  Northern  Pacific  Ry,  Co. 
General  Lien  are  six  (6)  in  number,  of  which  four  (4)  are  $1,000 
each  and  two  (2)  are  $500  each.  All  the  other  bonds  mentioned 
in  this  Schedule  are  $1000  eaoh. 



J  '/  '/S'// , V^/Ky^fcORTLAN DT  BUILDING) 

.  •  im--  \  ^V^L_Dec^_22^_J.  91.0_. 

S.  A.  Keister,  Esq.  , 

Edison  Labratory, 

Orange,  11.  X. 

Dear  Kr.  Keister :- 

Thank  you  for  your  letter  of  the  28th  inst. 




JOR/AK  K.  99 

1910.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Family  (D-10-21) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
health,  finances,  and  activities  of  Mina  Miller  Edison  and  other  family  members. 
Among  the  items  for  1910  are  letters  pertaining  to  the  financial  difficulties  of 
William  Leslie  Edison,  the  legal  problems  of  his  Edison  Auto  Accessories  Co., 
the  finances  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Jr.,  the  many  charitable  and  household 
activities  of  Mina  Miller  Edison,  and  the  redemption  of  her  bonds  in  the  Edison 
Electric  Illuminating  Co.  and  Edison  Phonograph  Works.  There  is  also  material 
concerning  an  automobile  accident  involving  Charles  Edison  and  the  expenses 
for  a  summer  camp  attended  by  Theodore  Edison. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  consist  primarily  of  receipts,  bills  of  lading,  and  routine 
account  statements.  Some  of  the  receipts  and  statements  relate  to  the  claims 
of  the  Canis  Index  Co.  and  the  Motor  Boat  Publishing  Co.  against  William 
Leslie  Edison. 

Jan.  E,  1910. 

C-eo.  E.  Judd, 


Vy  dear  Sir:- 

7?e  will  arinume  the  payment  of  ono-  third 
of  my  sinter's  bill,  she  hao  an  idea  that  Or. 
Kollos  roducod  her  bill  on  account  of  a  casual 
remark  made,  while  wo  wore  diding,  about 
missionary  work  which  explains  wiry  she  wrote, 

I  do  not  want  her  to  know  that  1  am  doing  it. 

Tfith  groetinga  for  the  Hew  Year, 

Yours  truly, 

(PICKED)  Hina  I'.  Edison 

Clilu'  fVnitk'  (Lm'li 

January  30,  1910. 

Mrs.  Thoo.  A.  Edison, 

Glenmont,  Lleyollyn  Park, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Madams- 

I  have  Just  written  Miss  Mary  Miller  of  Akron,  Ohio, 
as  per  carton  copy  enclosed  herewith. 

We  have  been  exceedingly  busy  in  our  office  lately 
and  being  short  of  help  we  have  not  been  able  to  gtte  as 
proper  attention  as  we  should  to  the  matters  in  question. 

We  have  transferred  from  Miss  Hiller's  account  to 
your  account,  $65.20.  This  amount  together  with  the  balance 
of  $18.22  Already  on  the  account  leaves  yonr  indebtedness 
to  us  $83.42.  If  you  will  kindly  favor  us  with  check  for 
this  amount  we  shall  be  glad  to  send  you  o  receipt  in  full. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  this  and  many  courtesies 
extended^  we  remain, 

Yours  respectfully, 

Business  Manager 

jfbos-'J0  ^  ' 

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Die.  CEJ-LLA. 


January  20,  1910. 

Kina  Unry  Miller, 

Oak  Place, 

Akron,  Ohio. 

Uy  dear  Hadnraj* 

I  regret  exceedingly  that  1  did  not  adviee  you  no 
promined  about  ton  day*  ago  relative  to  the  unpaid  balance 
on  your  account  with  the  Sanitarium.  Ao  I  wrote  you 
at  that  time  there  wero  unpaid  bills  amounting  to  $70.68. 

X  third  of  tho  Mils  which  you  paid  during  tho  first  four 
weeks  you  wore  here  would  be  $65.20,  Deducting  thin  amount 
from  the  $70.68  will  leave  you  owing  us  $5,48.  If  you  wl:i 
kindly  favor  us  'with  remittance  for  tale  ai  ount  we  ohull  be 
glad  to  eond  you  receipt  In  full  of  aooount. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  the  oourteoy  and  again 
rogretlng  our  seeming  Indlfforonoo  in  giving  this  matter 
attsntlon,  wo  romain, 

Tours  reopeotfully, 

PuoinosB  Manager 

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Glen  Kidgo  and  from  there  to  ITcwurk,  hut  that  I  had  left  word 
with  you  to  call  her  up  and  tell  her  that  we  have  five  horses 
here  now  and  accommodations  fhr  only  six,  so  that  there  would 
only  he  room  for  one  of  her  horses  any  way.  Tell  her  that  in 
talking  the  matter  over  with  Hr.  Wilson  and  Mr.  Weher  we  thought 
it  would  he  very  unwise  to  have  one  of  her  horses  down  here 
because  they  are  not  used  to  trucking  and  they  might  injure  e. 
themselves,  and  the  prohahilities  are  that  the  care  required  toj* 

take  care  of  them  would  cost  more  than  would  he  saved 

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T„  Thomas  Alba  Edison 

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No  Inquiry  rc 
obtained  Hbt 

icctlnjr  this  jnessoffo  can  lie  attended  to  without  tlio  production  of  this  paper. 
lgh  the  Company’s  offices,  and  not  by  DIRECT  application  to  the 

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The  State  of  New  Jersey.  To  any  Constable  in  said  County, 

WILLIAM  L.  EDISON,  doing 
| SEAL [  business  under  the  firm  name  of 


to  appear  before  the  First  District  Court  of  the  City  of  Newark,  to  he,  held  at  the 
New  City  Hall,  Broad  Street,  ( Ground  Floor,  Entrance  on  Green  Street),  in  the  said 
City,  on  the  Third  day  of  March  1910, 

a  t  TEA' 'o’  the  forenoon  to  answer  uhto  AUTOMOBILE  TOPICS, 

a  corporation  organized  and  existing  under  the  laws  of  the 
State  of  New  York. 

IDitncnn,  MALCOLM  MAC  LEAR,  Esq.,  Jadge  of  said  Coart,  at  Newark 
aforesaid,  the  twenty-third  daU  of  February 
in  the  year  One  Thousand  Nine  Hundred  and  Tpn. 

I  AUl«a?J'o3?K^Ji„n 

organized  and  existing  under ithe 
laws  of.,  the  State  of  Yor| 

.  WILLI AU  L. ...EDISON,  doing  business 
under  6he  firm  naue  of  Edispn 
Auto  Accessories  Co.  , , 

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Mileage  'x  rf 

Listing  Fee  . .yS.. L 

Attorney  Fee  .  . . J 

Returnable . Uaroh  3d, 1  !):fp 

'Auguste  Roche,  Jr. ,  4 

|  800  Broad  St., 


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Orange,  N.  J. 

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j #nlt  Jfnkr  <I:tS,  Sink,  Marph-^th .  ,  1910 

Mr,  .Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  IT .  "J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  am  in  receipt  of  yours  of  the  28t}x^ult,  and  in  justice  to 
myself ,  and  to  show;  that  I  was  not  attempting  any  confidence  game  in 
my  late  correspondence,  I  have  obtained  the  following  information 
The  John  Q-  V'eaver  I  re f e r  to  is  the  son  of  Henry  A.  Weaver  and 
Lucene  M.  Elliott-Weaver. 

His  is  the  third  daughter  of  John  Elliott,  who  was  a  brother  of 
Nancy  Elliott-Edison  (  your  mother  ).  Hence  Mr.  Weaver’s  mother  is  your 
ovjn  cousin.  And  in  conversation  with  him,  I  also  .  found. .out  the  following  ' — 
Besides  hi3  grandfater,  above  referred  to,  there  was  a  brother(your 
uncle)  by  the  name  of  Stephen  Elliott,  and  another  by  the  name  of  Isaac 
Elliott  ( likewise  your  uncle)  and  your  aunt  Betsy,  who  married  a  man 
by  the  name  of  Hogadume, 

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Further  . I  find  that  his  ftaher  is  the  son  of  Pheoby  Edison -Weaver, 
-Who  was  the  neice  of  your  grandfater,  Captain  Samuel  Edison,  and  hence  a 
an  own  cousin  of  your  father,  Samuel  Edison,  Jr. 

Mr.  Weaver  informs  me  that  he  has  stood  by "your  grandfather’s  grave  on 
the  hill  overlooking  the  little  village  of  Vienna,  Ontario,  Canada, 
and  that  he  has  often  been  a  guest  at  your  grandfather's  old  home  in 
thht  Village,  the  place  in  fact  where  he  died,  and  which  was  occupied 
at  the  time  of  his  death  by  your  uncle  Mahlon  Edison.  He  was  likewise 
intimate  with  the  family  of  your  youngest  uncle,  who  ovjned  a  farm  upon 
another  hill-, Overlooking  the  village  of  Viena,  the  laters  name  is  Oscar 
Edison.  He  likewise  says  that  his  sister  Loo  Weaver,  has  been  a  guest 

at  your  New  Jersey  home.  And  to  refresh  your  memory  I  call  to  your 

tTa/  E.  ifii 

attention  the  fact,  that  at  the  time  of  your  late  visit  to  Salt  Lake 
City,  Mr.  Weaver  called  upon  you  at  the  Knutsford  Hotel, here,  having 
with  him  his  little  daughter. 

X  have  kept  the  company  owning  the  house  in  which  he  lives  from 
ejecting  him,  and  have  helped  him  all  I  can,  but  have  other  claims  on 
me,  as  I  wrote  you  on  the  23rd.  ult.,  and  I  hope  you  will,  be  able  to 
extend  a  helping  hand  to  him,  as  he  is  sick  and  in  need  of  help. 

Will  you  please  let  me  hear  from  you  as  soon  as  possible. 

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ot\Lj^£&!Z^£egif'.-190'.'  .‘at  nrfrwl-  in  the.  ,-  nnnn  of  that  day , 

at.  Number  T''  ^'-£  ■>" 

in  the  City  of  Newark,  Essex  County,  New  Jersey,  will  be  sold  at  PUBLIC  VENDUE, 
to  the  highest  bidder,  sundry  goods  and  chattels,  to  wit: 

X  ¥  ^A^C^Or^g_  / 

taken  in  execution  on  a  judgment  issued  out  of  the  First  District  Court  of  the  City  of 
Newark,  MALCOLM  MacLEAR,  Esquire,  Judge,  as  the  property  oj  the  above  named 

at  the  suit  of  _ 

and  to  be  sold  for  cash  by  me.  //,  S'  p 

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April  27th,  1910. 

Mr.  Win.  Edison, 

Pleasantdale,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sirs- 

We  are  enclosing  herewith  hill  for  rent  for  which  kindly 
send  us  check. 

We  feel  that  we  have  been  very  just  with  you  in  this  matter, 
and  we  cannot  wait  any  longer  for  the  back  rent.  This  is  the  last 
notice  we  will  give  you,  if  it  is  not  paid  by  the  15th  of  May  we  will 
have  to  take  steps  toward  having  you  vacate  the  premises. 

Hoping  to  receive  your  remittance 

Yours  very  truly. 

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left  here  owing  me  $338.00,  ,\«0tAr;h  he 
promised  to  pay  in  a  ’-easona'ble  time. 

It  has  now  been  nearly  two 
years,  and  he  has  done  nothing.  ’  I  have 
tried  several  times  and  waited,  hoping 
that  it  v/ould  not  be  necessary  to  annoy 
you,  but.  as  there  seems  no  chance  of  my 
nett. inn  anything  direct,  I  am  obliged  to 
appeal  to  you,  and  hope  you  will  he  good 
enough  to  assist  me  iri'  the  matter. 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edii 

II.  J. 

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Subject :  Requirements  for  n  transfer  of  stock. 

Union  Pacific  Railroao  Company. 


new  york,  May  27,  1910. 

Union  Rational  Bank, 
Hewark,  R.J. 
Bear  Sirs: 

I  have  to-day  received,  from  you  for  transfer  $10,000. 
Union  Pacific  Railroad  Company  Registered  First  Mortgage  Four 
Per  Cent.  Bonds  in  the  name  "Thomas  A.  Edison,  Trustee  for 
Edison  Manufacturing  Company,  under  deed  of  Trust  dated  July  9 
1909,"  which  you  desire  me  to  transfer  into  the  name  "Mina  M. 

^ou  ^ave  also  handed  me  certain  papers  in  connection 
v'i  M  nr,1 a'b°vo''li0SCz'i,bod  trust,  hut  as  stated  in  my  memorandum 

or. May  19,  this  office  cannot  recognise  assignments  under  trusts 
whicn  are  not  matters  of  public  record,  unless  the  original  trust 
instrument,  properly  authenticated,  is  submitted  for  inspection. 
If  you  vail  submit  the  original  it  will  he  returned  to  you 
promptly,  and  the  notarial  cony  which  vou  left  with  me  this 
morning  will  bo  filed  with  our  records. 

as  Artn  the  original  trust  indenture  conveys  only 

■jo ,000.  of  the  above-described  bonds,  and  I  would  thank  you  for 
proper  documentary  evidence,  in  the  form  of  a  supplementary  trust 
deed  or  otherwise,  that  the  other  $5,000.  bonds  have  been  dulv 
conveyed  to  the  trustee. 



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August  M,  1910, 

Mr.  Churchill 

Please  arrange  to  have  Stanley  Barbor 
?en,<*  engine  of  the  old  Grout  car  by  freight  prepaid 
616  park  Avenue,  Salisbury,  Md. 

I  h^fg^taken  Hh ^matter  with  Mr.  Edison  and  he  is 

willing  that  this  should  be  done* 

Mrs.  Edison 

Dear  Madam: 

Enclosed  please  find  check  to  your  order  for  $3050.00,  in 
payment  of  122  Edison  Phonograph  Works  Bond  coupons  which  were  aurrendere 
to  me  hy  Mr.  Miller  Saturday. 

Yours  very  truly, 


I  am  ready  to  redeem  Bonds  85  to  96  inclusive. 


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Detroit,  Mich.,  Oct.  Ini ,  10 



Mr.  Berggren: - 

October  4th,  1910. 

In  reference  to  the  proposed  bill  againBt 
hdlson  for  the  pigs  furnished  her  from  tho  Hew  York 
Offioe  amounting  to  $1178.95,  I  brought  this  matter  up 
to  Mr.  Edison  yesterday  and  he  wishes  to  have  this  charge 
madeaagainst  Mrs.  Edison  in  the  usual  way,  tho  amount 
however  to  be  offset  by  the  rent  from  the  property  at 
Ho.  10  Fifth  Avenue,  which  will  be  collected  and  turned 
ovor  to  her.  Please  let  me  know  if  this  is  clear  to  you. 

F.  I.  D. 


®lp  National  failings  Sank  of  tip  (titty  of  Albang 

Altamu,  N.  f.,  Oot.  6,  1910. 

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Mr.  Thomas  Edison,  ^  .Jr  & 

Menlo  Park,  N, 

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historical  kind  in  lJova  SootitT  this  last  6 _ ,,  _ _ 

an  indenture  made  the  29tli  day  of  August  1509  between  lo£f"f 
EUiBon  of  Digby  in  the^>cj|jnty  of  Annapolia  and  Provinoe  of 
Nova  Scotia,  his  wife 
to  ne  at  the  time  that 

ai|l  William  F.  ^u0ll.^/ .%..oo^r|4^ 
;  the  ^fian  named  might  have  been  a  f 

i  might  have  been  a | 
relative  of  yours  so  I  obtained  the  indenture  and  if  you 
would  like  it,  I  will  be  pleased  to  send  it  to  you  with  my 
oonplimonts.  If  the  man  was  not  a  relative  of  your,  you 
night  like  to  have  the  indenture  as  a  sort  of  ouriosity. 

I  am  with  muoh  respeot, 

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Mrs.  Ed is  on 

Dear  Madam: 


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$12,198.34  for  the  twelve  5^  Gold  Bonds  you  surrendered  this 
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This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  use  of  Edison's  name,  whether  authorized  or  unauthorized,  for 
advertising,  trademark,  or  other  purposes.  Among  the  items  for  1910  are 
several  letters  from  detective  Joseph  F.  McCoy  regarding  plans  to  establish 
a  company  to  manufacture  Edison's  Polyform.  Also  included  are  letters 
pertaining  to  storage  battery  trademarks  and  to  a  hearing  aid  called  the 
Edison  Electric  Ear. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  relate  primarily  to  children  named  after  Edison  and  to 
confidence  schemes  involving  his  name. 

Related  documents  can  be  found  in  the  Legal  Department  Records. 
Items  concerning  the  use  of  the  name  "Thomas  A.  Edison,  Jr."  can  be  found 
in  D-10-21  (Edison,  T.A.  -  Family). 


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Yfe  have  never  registered  in  the  United  States  any 
trade  mark  for  storage  batteries,  and  I  note  that  Mr.  Edison's 
signature  is  not  placed  on  any  part  of  the  cell.  I  spoke  to 
Mr.  Dodge  in  regard  to  this  matter,  and  he  informed  me  that  he 
did  not  know  the  reason  for  not  using  it  and  suggested  that 
it  would  he  well  for  me  to  take  the  matter  up  with  you. 


2?.  D.  Lewis, 



Lowis  suggests  that  Mr.  Edison's  signature 
shoxild  1)0  used  as  a  trade-mark  on  the  batteries,  ana  1  think 
it  is  desirable  that  this  ho  done  in  order  that  all  of  our 
products  may  ho  characterized  by  the  same  mark.  I  wish  you 
would  make  arrangements  to  do  this,  and  as  soon  as  the  mark 
is  adopted  and  actually  applied  to  the  batteries,  lot  mo 
know,  so  that  the  mark  con  ho  registered- 

lir.  hodgo: 

F.  h.  D. 

Intended  for 

Pittsburg  Millionaire  Placed 
New  Edison  Instruments  That 
MagnifySounds  1 ,600 Times 
.  In  Rooms  of  His  Mansion 

Wife  Was  "Tipped  Off,"  and, 
Being  Threatened  with  Dl- 
■  vrirce  Suit,  Held  Bogus  Con¬ 
versations  with  Her  Lawyer 

Husband  Brought  Children  to 
Nevii  York,  but  Failed  to  De¬ 
liver  Them  to  Her  on  Liner 
for  Europe,  So  She  Returned 

i ^  ^ flrei  BarSiors  fi  K« chant jA^ncy  Co '  ^ 


Jamaica,  H ,Y*.t  Octoboi 

31,  1910.  ®/0 

Mr.  ThomaB  A.  Edison, 
Orange ,  U.  J 
my  dear  Mr.  Edison- 


I  am  being  flooded  with^iewspnplr  clippings 


and  requosts  for  information  regarding  an^ instrument 
called  the' Acoustophone  which  some  reporter  in  litts- 
burgh  has  brought  into  prominence  in  the  Mellon  divorce 
case.  I  take  it  that  this  is  purely  based  on  the  imag¬ 
ination  of  a  reporter.  I  would,  however,  be  pleased  to 
know  if  you  arc  manufacturing  an  instrument  of  this  kind, 
you,  of  courso,  are  well  acquainted  with  the  Acou3tioon 
and  I  do  not  fool  that  you  would  allow  the  word  "Acousto- 
phone"  to  be  used  in  connection  with  an  instrument  of  this 

With  kindest  personal  regards,  I  remain. 

Very  sincerely  yours. 

KMT. El© 




Ur.  Holden: 

j  [  v  \  MEMORANDUM 

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ik/ ss/io . 

Referring  to  your  nomoranduia  o±'  the  loth  inst. ,  ti 
proposed  license  Iron  tlr-  Euieon  the  Edison 

hf  p •  Co.  is  correct.  3c  far  us  I 
granted  any  specific  rights  to  the 

knov; ,  Ur.  Edison  has  not 
iso  of  his  s&r.o  in  Germany 

or  other  foreign  countries  and  Hr.  iSergnanr.  is  using  the  nemo 
’Edison"  -Largely  as  a  matter  of  i:  plied  license  going  with  the 
sale  of  the  Edison we  might  object  to  his  using  the 
autograph  signuturo,  hut  I  do  not  think  we  would  over  object 
to  his  using  tho  word  "Edison"  on  genuine  Edison  batteries. 

Therefore ,  X  see  no  reason  why  you  should  not  go  right  ahead 
with  the  preparation  of  the  papers  for  a  trade -mar]:  for  tho 

,  D.  Li. -2 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Company. 


F.  1.  1). 

1910.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Real  Estate  -  General  (D-10-25) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
purchase,  rental,  and  sale  of  land  and  buildings.  Among  the  items  for  1910  are 
letters  by  Frank  L.  Dyer,  general  counsel  of  the  Legal  Department,  pertaining 
to  the  land  on  which  the  Bronx  studio  was  built  and  to  the  phonograph  plant  at 
Glen  Ridge,  New  Jersey. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  offers  of  land  for  sale;  routine  correspondence 
regarding  rents  and  upkeep,  mining  properties,  and  cemetery  plots;  and 
documents  that  duplicate  information  in  selected  material. 

I  discussed  with  Mr-  F.  die  on  tlic  question  of  the 

national  fhonograph  Co.  y.ayin;'  rent  to  the  hatter;/  Co.  for  the 
use  of  trie  G?  or.  RiCgo  plant,  and  he  thinks  a  chars©  of  C’350.00 
•per  month  should  be  nude.  Find  out  from  Mr-  Aiken  when  he  start¬ 
ed  to  work  !  t  Glen  Ridgo  and  hill  the  national  Co.  for  rent  since 
that  date  at  the  above  firuro. 

?".])/ X'tV'i'  F.  L.  h. 


;-.c  tu. 


Mr.  Dyer: 

On  June  20th  1905  Mrs.  Edison  purchased  land  in  the  Bronx 
for  $15,000.  for  which  she  holds  the  deed.  On  Oct.  25th  1907  the 
Edison  Mfg.  Co.  purchased  land  in  the  Bronx  for  $4,000.  the  deed  for 
which  is  at  present  in  the  possession  ^Mrs.  Edison. 

On  this  land,  covered  By  the  above  purchases,  the  Edison  Mfg. 
Co.  erected  the  Building  known  as  the  Bronx  Studio  at  a  cost  of 
$81 , 424.23 ;  the  situation  therefore  is  this:  The  Books  of  the  Edison 

Mfg.  Co.  show  an  investment  in  the  Bronx  Studio  property  of  Building— 
$81,424.23,  land— $4,' '000.  total— $85,424.23,  which  is  an  incorrect 
showing,  inasmuch  as  it  lacks  $15,000.  of  the  complete  cost  of  the 
land.  Furthermore,  the  land  purchase  of  $4000.  By  the  Edison  Mfg.  Co. 
is  not  supported  By  a  deed  in  its  name. 

In  order  to  have  the  property  recorded  on  the  Books  of  the 
Edison  Mfg.  Co.  as  a  unit  asset  of  the  Company,  Mrs  Edison  should  Be 
paid  $15,000.  and  the  two  deeds  now  in  her  possession  transferred  to 
the  Edison  Mfg.  Co.,  which  would  place  the  value  of  the  whole  property 
in  the  Bronx  on  the  Books  of  the  Edison  Mfg.  Co. 

It  seems  to  me  that,  it  is  more  logical  for  the  Edison  Mfg. 

Co.  to  acquire  and  own  the  land  as  well  as  the  Building  than  to  have 
the  matter  stand  as  it  is.  Of  course,  the  other  alternative,  in  case 
Mrs.  Edison  prefers  to  own  the  property,  would  Be  to  charge  her  with 
the  cost  of  the  Building  and  the  $4000.  paid  By  the  Edison  Mfg.  Co. 
for  the  land,  in  which  event  the  Edison  Mfg.  Co.  should  pay  Mrs. 

Edison  a  reasonale  rental.  I  Bring  this  matter  to  your  attention  for 
I  Believe  that  it  is  something  that  should  Be  straightened  out  as 
soon  as  possible. 

Trusting  you  will  give  this  your  early  consideration  and 
awaiting  your  instructions,  I  am 




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July  21,  191C. 

Hoi' erring  to  your  memorandum  o  f  the  11th 
inst.  I  have  discussed  the  matter  with  Mr.  Edison  and  we  have 
concluded  to  settle  in  this  way: 

Have  Era.  Edison  charged  with  the  04,000  advanced 
by  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Company  for  the  land.  I  presume 
the  title  to  this  particular  land  stands  in  the  name  of  Mrs. 
Edison,  but  if  you  find  it  does  not,  have  the  Legal  Department 
prepare  a  deed  from  the  Edison  Manuf aotur ing  Company  to  Mrs. 
Edison,  a  proper  resolution  being  first  passed  by  the  hoard 
of  Directors,  Remitting  this  to  be  done.  The  land  will 
then  stand  in  Mrs.  Edison's  name  as  being  paid  for  by  her, 
and  the  building  will  be  in  the  name  of  the  Edison  Manufactur¬ 
ing  Company.  Then  have  the  Legal  Department  prepare  a  lease 
from  Mrs.  Edison  to  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Company,  giving 
us  a  lease  for  99  years  to  the  property.  We  will  then  pay 
a  ground  rent  of  say,  $900  per  year  on  tho  lease,  which  will 
wipe  out  the  indebtedness  of  £4,000  in  a  little  over  four 
years.  Tho  lease  should  provide  that  we  will  pay  the  neces¬ 
sary  taxes  on  tho  land,  in  addition  to  the  ground  rent. 


E.  L.  D. 

Sopt.  IS,  1910. 

Hef^rr£ng  to  your  mcmoi-andum  of  the  Gth  inst. 
attaching  Propoeod  foam  of  loaso  covering  tho  Bronx  Studio 
property,  I  think  upon  rofloction  that  this  lease  would  not 
meet  Ur.  Edison’s  approval,  for  tho  reason  that  it  rims  for 

a  very  lone  period  and  definitely  fires  tho  rental  for  all 
the  tamo.  It  might  ho  that  in  years  to  como  tho  rental 
prioo  would  ho  voiy  much  too  low.  I  wish,  therefore,  that 
you  would  find  out  from  Ur.  Hillor  what  the  value  of  tho 
land  is  that  is  to  ho  assigned  to  Mrs.  Edison  and  how  long 
it  will  take  for  tho  rontal  money  to  pay  for  this  land  and 
octtlo  up  Mrs.  Edison's  indebtedness  to  tho  Edison  Manufac¬ 
turing  Company.  Havo  tho  lease  run  for  this  period-, 
which  will  probably  ho  five  or  ten  yoars  and  provide  in  tho 
lease  that  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Comnany  shall  havo  the 
right  to  renow  tho  same  for  further  periods  of  ton  years 
oaoh,  the  rontal  price  to  ho  adjusted  according  to  tho  value 
oa  tho  property  at  tho  time  tho  new  louse  is  made,  so  that 
tho  rental  prioo  win  hoar  the  same  relation  to  tho  now  value 
of  the  property  as  it  does  at  tho  present  time.  ivould  such 
a  loose  as  this  havo  to  ho  recorded  so  that  it  would  appear 
as  a  lien  on  tho  proporty? 


Ur.  Holden:  - 

Referring  to  your  memorandum  of  October  6th, 

I  wi sh  yon  would  write  me  briefly  again  what  the  situation 
ic  regarding  this  matter,  because  the  details  have  escaped 
my  mind.  Ab  I  recall  the  studio  and  part  of  the  land  wore 
owned  by  Kra.  Edison  and  another  part  of  the-  land  was  owned 
by  the  Manufacturing  Company  and  has  been  transferred  to 
Mrs.  Edison.  Then  it  was  proposed  that  a  rontal  should  bo 
paid  to  Mrs.  Edison  based  on  tho  land  that  she  owned.  If 
it  Is  a  fact  that  oho  own<#s  tho  studio  and  that  tho  buildings 
otoncl  in  her  numo,  then  I  think  tho  ront  should  bo  higher, 
because  tho  Manufacturing  Company  ought  to  pay  tho  seme  ront 
as  they  would  if  they  rontoa  tho  building  from  some  ono  else, 
look  into  tho  mattor  again  and  advise  me  what  the  situation 
is  so  that  I  can  take  it  up  with  Hr.  Edison. 

?.  h.  D. 



ITovombor  17,1910. 

Mr.  Berggron:- 

Roferring  to  your  letter  of  the  9th  inst. 
on  the  subject  of  an  adjustment  of  tho  rental  charges  to  be 
made  by  the  national  Phonograph  Company  against  the  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company,  I  have  taken  up  this  mattor  with 
Hr.  Edison  and  we  believe,  in  view  of  your  explanation,  that 
this  rent  should  be  adjusted  and  that  the  Storage  Battery 
Company  Should  pay  a  rental  horosfter  of  01333. 34  per  month, 
this  to  go  into  effect  on  ITovember  1st. 

Please  take  up  this  matter  with  lir.  Harry  P.  Hiller 
end  explain  the  situation  to  him  and  tho  necessity  for  making 
tho  change. 

P.  1.  D. 

FI®/ ARK. 

-1612 _ 


Mr.  Borggron:  ls/ia/lO. 

Regarding  the  attached  correspondence  and  replying 
particularly  to  your  letter  of  the  29th  ult. ,  m  view  of  the  fact 
that  the  original  payment  of  §15,000.00  waB  mado  hy  the  Edison 
Ufg.  Co. ,  please  take  up  the  matter  with  Mr.  Holden  and  have  him 
prepare  a  deed  transferring  the  property  from  Mtb.  Edison  to  the 
Edison  Hfg.  Co.,  after  which  our  hill  for  §4,000.00  against  her 
will  ho  canoelled.  This  will  leave  the  entire  Bronx  property 
in  the  name  of  the  Edison  Mfg.  Co. 

ERD/1VA7  F.  1.  Byor, 

1910.  Edison,  T.  A.  -  Religion  and  Spiritualism  (D-10-27) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  interest  in  religion  and  spiritualism.  Included  are  letters  from  and 
pertaining  to  the  spiritualist,  Bert  Reese,  as  well  as  unsolicited  responses  to 
published  statements  made  by  Edison  denying  the  immortality  of  the  soul  and 
expressing  other  religious  opinions. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected, 
including  a  sample  of  the  unsolicited  responses.  Most  of  the  sampled  items 
contain  Edison  marginalia. 


MR.  JAMES  W.  MORRISSEY  -  -  -  Manner 


Professor  Charles  Riche t 
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Dr.  Gustave  LeBon 
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Dr.  Charles  Du  Prel 
Sir  Oliver  Lodtfe 
Dr.  Sahatier 
M.  and  Mmc.  Curie 
The  Scientific  American 
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Of  Mortal’s  Spirit 

To  This  Earth  Scoffed  at 
liy  Prof.  Edison.  | 

- - -  | 

“Wizard”  Says  There  Is 
No  “Supernatural,” 

As  the  Psychic  Research- j 
ers  Have  Put  It. 

Declares  Investigation  Should 
Start  at  Material  End- 
Thin'lrs  Immortality 
Mere  Myth.  # 



N.  Y  .  Oct*  3rd  1910, 

IfH  H  ML.  d-v4-je«f 

Mr.  TWS  A.  Edison,  T.  IcL  t 

llewelXyn  Park,  H.  J.  w+  +  *,*,  ti  If,  jL  1U  «,  fef 

My  Dear  Sir: 

I  have  read  care  furl  Jr  the,  article  by  Mr,.  Edward  Marshall  ^  . 

■vje-w-c5  cu*< or—  wiH  ta.  ^jlcm^CvUuZ.  . 

in  the  N.  Y.  Times  of  fctober  2nd {1910,  entitled’ "No  Immortality 

.  ..  ,  .  Mr  fiJ+JiM**  \v.o*.u  -( fj.<yC  t+hA^t^iCX+Mxt  cHaC£k 

of  the  Soul ",  says  Thomas  A.  Edison1 ,  anc{  because  of  j Its  peculiar 
interest  to  me,  I  tahe  the  liberty  to  addreS^tkese  lines^^Ty^  fn 
the  hope  that  I  may  he  assured  of  a  ooinci&lng  lelof  your  refere/^. 
to  the  human  brain  and  its  comparison  to  a  phonographic  cylinder/ 

Uhile  it  is  true  that  for  the  time  being  we  have  perfect 
sound  aa  given  off  by  the  tongue,  "when  the  necessary  forces  are  set 
in  motion  'by  the  brain,"  is  it  not  also  true  that  some  other  "necessary 
force" — perhaps  we  had  better  call  it  "unknown  force"  sets  in  motion 
those  particular  precincts  of  the  brain  which  enables  it  to  create 
desire  and  to  distinguish  our  desires — such  as  music,  speech,  and  the 
very  sounds  of  the  phonography  And  is  it  not  true  that  when  the  brain 
no  longer  manifests  those  desires  that  life  has  become  extinct,  for 
on  your  argument  we  must  center  life  in  the  brain.  Now  why  is  it  not 
possible  that  thi3  "unknown  force",  this  unexplained  energy  survives 
and  follows  the  rule  of  conservation? 

All  the  visible  energy  we  behold  is  but  a  modification  of 
another  form  of  energy — in  other  words  modern  science  concedes  that 
energy  ia  immortal,  so  to  speak,  then  why  not  the  unexplained  energy,- 


which  actuates  the  brain  in  the  performance  of  its  functions— such  as 
notifying  the  body  of  what  it  should  see,  hear,  feel,  smell,  taste. 

I  am  inclined  to  differ  with  the  remark  credited  to  you 
that  "if  a  man  haB  a  strong  will  he  can  force  his  brain  to  do  etc." 
because  in  my  opinion  the  will  i3  controlled  by  the  brain.  The  test 
is  simple;  there  is  no  will  without  a  brain,  while  there  may  be  a 
brain  without  a  will.  Will,  therefore,  originates  in  the  brain;  and  ;tl 
brain  remains  the  soul  judge  directing  the  will  to  do  and  have  done 
those  things  which  the  body  needs  and  which  are  for  its  good. 

It  is  true  that  the  brain  is  cellular  in  its  construction, 
and  that  its  action  may  be  likened  to  that  of  a  phonograph,  but  the 
cause  of  its  action  is  different.  The  phonograph  acts  only  when  made 
to  do  so  by  human  or  mechanical  means,  and  in  its  destruction  follows 
the  rule  of  conservation.  The  brain  is  also  actuated  in  its  work  by 
some  "means"  some  unknown  force.  Why  does  not  this  force  follow  the 
rule  of  conservation?  In  other  words  why  :is  not  the  brain,  the 
centre  of  motion  (and  therefore  of  life)  of  the  human  body  immortal? 

I  thank  you  in  advance  for  your  early  reply'; 

Yours  very  truly,  f-, 

[a  itU  Mu&ac. 

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Dear  Sir:- 

A.  Edison, 
Orange,  H.j. 

Cinti,  0.  Oct.  8th,  1910. 

A  voice  from  old  "C" 

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Marshall's  interview  with  ypu,of  which  Aked  has 
taken  advantage,  to  the  awkwardness  of  the  interview¬ 
er  and  his  inability  to  represent  your  standpoint, I 
bee, in  the  interest  of  those  views  which  we  share 
in  common, that  if  you  intend  to  give  out  another 
interview, you  will  let  me  try  my  hand  on  it.  The 
subject  is  too  interesting  to  be  dropped  and  too 
important  to  be  marred. 

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I  300  from  the  papers  that  you  hflUffTthe  vlrow  that  man  cannot-W 
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Immortal  as  an  individual,  on  the  grounaythat  heMis  not  an  individual,,, 

«.  aJ  l~(o^  a-J  CC.‘^C*C.  (ptsf  /.«-  '  W» 

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Li-i-CC  (p  t.f  {.<-  O-txLttQCr-a-^Lc^ 

merely  an  aggregation  of  cells:  .  (  . % 

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of  the  resurreotion  of  the  physioal  body  is  50  palpably  absurd  tjiat^b 
intelligent,  and  edticated  person  now  really  .on ler(tains  lit .  IflVhe  con- 

olv-rc^.  u  w 

stitution  of  man  does  not  include  an  ego,  separate  and  distinot  from 

Vliri^v  fJjXlt.  £■  *>&/<.  V  (rvwi  m  inW 

\jut>y  jL<XLU.  V-  *v<  trw 

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1Gd-  "f  ^ 

la  there  anything  that  points  in  the  direction  of  a  self  exis¬ 

tent  ego,  oanable  of  surviving  the  shock  of  the  disintegration  of  the 

The  fact  that  all  through  the  ages  there  have  been  numerous  ap¬ 
parently  well  authenticated  oases  of  “appearences",  and  whioh  are  claim¬ 
ed  to  oontinue  to  the  present  day,  would  lead  one  to  admit  the  poss¬ 
ibility  that  where  there  has  been  so  much  smoke,  there  might  be  some 
little  fire,  were  it  not  that  science,  taking  oognizanoe  only  of  matter 
and  the  motions  of  matter,  regards  as  apochyyphal,  if  not  impossible, 

the  existence  of  anything  else  in  the  universe. 

if  it  could  he  demonstrated  however,  that  there  _is  a  Something 
Elga  in  the  universe  besides  matter  and  motion,  and  that  Something 
Else  is  Intelligent,  and  practically  Omnipotent,  while  it  would  not, 
prove  man's  immortality,  it  would  be' a  step  m  that  direction,  for  it 
would  at  least  show  the  existence  of  an  Intelligent  Entity,  other  than 
oorporeal-man,  and  thereby  remove  the  objection  of  the  alleged  impos¬ 
sibility  of  the  existence  of  a  self  existent,  intelligent  ego. 

Knowing  your  interest  in  science,  I  venture  to  address  you  and 
trespass  on  your  time,  by  aslcing  you  to  favour  me  with  an  expression 
of  your  views,  as  to  whether  the  argument  -which  purports  t.o  demonstrate- 
the  existence  of  Deity-  contained  in  the  enclosed  pamphlet,  would  hold, 
or  can  be  refuted.  The  importance  of  the  subject  being  my  excuse. 

Thanh ing  you  in  advance, 

I  remain, 


P.S.  I  enclose  extracts  from  some  letters  from  scientists  and 
others,  bearing  on  the  tenability  of  my  argument.  J.P.s. 

[CA.  NOVEMBER  9,  1910] 

O.  A.  POT-WIN  C.  A  ^  ^  ^ 

120  Pn™AM  Av”  2i?JT  TSt'&  ^  5  ■ Cf 

Zanesville.  Ohio 

to  THOMAS  15DX30II. ;  _____ 
Referring-  to  your  interview  given  Mwarli  S3S£2KSTi  puul 
The  fool  sayeth  in  his  heart  thore  is  no  God. 


2  a  month  ago.' 

The  cabbage  head,  with  vegetable  brain. 

Doth  try  to  understand  the  phonograph 'or  aeroplane: 

So  also  doth  yon  mighty  nead  of  none  and  meat, 

Search  for  that  God  given  vital  sparh,  the  soul,  nor  find  its  seat. 

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When  yon  lofty  pine  that  grows  upon  the  mountains  crow 
Can  realise  what  love  is,  then,  perhaps,  eanst  thou 
Bep;ln  to  lasov  God  and  within  thy  chemists  bowl 
Analyse  and  catalogue  his  love  for  thee,  THOU  SOUL. 

As  well  deny  the  air  which  plays  about  thee  everyway, 

Aa  well  deny  the  eleotric  current  which  thou  canst  not  see  nor  weigh. 
As  well  deny  the  serve  force  in  thy  body  pulsing  or.  its  way, 

As  deny  that  Gods  love  guides  and  guards  thee  day  by  day. 

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DearSlr:-  cw"Ih 

I  was  much  interested  in  your 

article  on  Immortality,  and  your  experience  with  Prof.  3ert 
Reese:  I  have  been  somewhat  of  a  psychic  researcher  for  .the 

last  40  years  and  for  several  years  was  associated  with  Charles 
H.  Foster  who  was  gifted  with  powers  similar  to  Prof.  Ree^p 
and  today  I  mail  you  some  articles  I  have  written  for 
Human i tar i an  Review:  By  the  way,  for  the  last  yea^'/he  Review^ 

has  had  considerable  discussion  about  you  ae  a  Scientist ^C-/f 
therefore  probably  you  are  familiar  with  1 e'ma  ga  7J. n fjpiu t  will 
mail  these  particular  numbers  no!twpth£t'andin|;:  ^ifrere. 
wonderful  things  to  come  from  TjJj-i-s1  psych i  c  f|g£d,''and,.?f  believe 
you  to  be  the  man  especially  adapted'jfqr  (the  reseg'fch. 

V’hen  Roster  was  trying  to  show^hffe  wonderful  intuitive 
gifts  to  the  public  it  was  difficult  \to  interest  any/sclentlst 

!  now  thq' 

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the  phenomena,  but  I  belie 
ti  gati on. 

Yours  in  admiration  for  the  good  work  you  have  don? 

an  Egyptian  Mystic,  is  going  to  undertake  to  duplicate  Reese's 
mind -reading  performance,  and  afterward  explain  it. 

there's  to  he  no  publicity  of  any  sort  about  it— merely 
a  demonstration  for  a  few  interested  people,  among  them  my 
brother-in-law,  Mr. V7.J.  Clark,  of. the  General  Electric  Co.,  whom 
you  know.  • 

I .have  asked  Dr.  T.’illiam  Hanna  Thomson  and  I  would  be 
most  pleased  if  you  can  find  time  to  coma  in.  If  yon  like 
I  would, be  glad  to  invite  Mr.  Beaoh  with  whom— and  Mr.'  Clark— 

I  recently  spent  a  most  enjoyable  day  in  your  laboratories. 

Very  truly, 


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Thomas  A,  Edison, 
Orange,  New  Jersey, 

KU.  ^  November  23,  1910. 

Dear  Sir.  fe-tj  | 

The  enclosed  clipping  has  bein  handed  to  me,  and,  after  reading  it, 
I  was  sufficiently  interested  to  write  you  and  ask  whether  or  not  the 
statements  as  made  are  true.  Without  going  into  details,  v/ill  you 
kindly  write  me  whether  or  not  the  test  as  outlined  in  this  article 
was  cade  as  stated.  Merely  "yes”  or  "no"  v/ill  suffice  in  your  answer. 

Realizing  that  you  are  an  exceptionally  busy  man,  I  simply 
ask  for  the  short  answer  indicated  above. 

Thanking  you  in  advance,  I  am 


Yours  very  truly. 


Chiaago,  Nov*  30,  1910* 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.., 
Orange,  H.  J. 

My  dear  Edison: 

I  see  that  your  press  agent  has  "broken 
out  again,  airing  your  views  as  to  Eternity.  Your  personal 
views  on  matters  theological  are  no  one's  business  but  your 

However,  you  have  no  more  right  to 
grieve  your  friends,  tarnish  a  deservedly  great  renown,  and 
possibly  mislead  some  weak  soul  by  publishing  that  of  which 
you  know  little  and  have  no  authority  to  speak. 

Possibly  George  McDonald's  admonition 
tDon't  teach  a  child  that  it  has  a  Soul:  but  teach  it  that 
it  ZS  a  Soul.",  may  enable  you  to  reason  out  a  future  for 
yourself  other  than  one  of  ignoble  obliteration. 

We  discussed  this  twenty-five  years 
ago,  when  you  and  "Baoh"  ridiculed  the  beliefs  that  I  then 
had  and  now  have.  However,  I  did  not  think  then  and  do 
not  think  now  that  my  belief , or  your  opinions  , can  be  of 
any  interests. to  the  public. 

While  your  views  theological,  like 
W  own,  oarry  no  weight  and  are  of  no  importance,  yet  there 
are  those  whom  I  know  will  deplore  and  regret  that  you  have 
entered  a  polemical  controversy  for  which  you  are  illy 

Twenty-six  years  ago,  at  your  request, 

I  named  a  son  after  you.  He  is  one  who  has  never  dis¬ 
honored  your  name, nor  ny  own.  I  know  that  he  will  not  be 

pleased  with  the  views  recently  expressed.  X  know  also  ‘J 

those  nearer  and  dearer  to  you,  whom  X  have  met  in  your 
own  home,  who  will  find  no  oomfort  in  your  recent  utteranoes. 

X  am  presuming  to  thus  speak  as  one 
who  has  known  you  more  or  less  intimately  for  over  v^n* 
a  oentury:-  since  we  were  boys  together  in  ‘bdhool  at  Port 

R.  B.  LOUDEN.  Pr„.  WM.  LOUDEN,  Vice-Prc.  andSupt.  C.  J.  FULTON,  Sic.  and  Trial 


Manafaetnrersof  L0UdCI\  fi  Tods  ®  ®  ® 

Barn  Door  Hangers,  Feed  and  Litter  Carriers, 

West  Broadway,  near  C„  R.  I.  &  P.  Depot. 

Fairfield,  Iowa,  Den .  l,  1910. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Ilev;  York  City.  J)> 7,1 

Dear  Sir:  fpfp 

I  write  to  commend  you  for  your  interview  which 
1  find  in  the  papers.  1  am  glad  to  know  that  vou  have  the 
courage  to  take  the  stand  which  you  do  in  opposition  to 
superstition.  Your  many  contributions  to  invention  and 
science  have  been  of  great  value  to  the  world,  but  none  of 
them  will  be  of  greater  value  than  the  stand  you  now  takeT 
I  believe  with  you  that  there  is  a  supreme  intelligence  or 
power  which  controls  all,  and  that  the  only  true  revelation 
of  this  intelligence  or  power  is  the  book  of  nature .  This 
book  is  written  in  all  languages, for  all  time,  never  needs 
revision,  and  man's  greatest  duty  here  on  earth  is  to  study 
it  and  follow  its  teachings.  This  book  may  bo  somewhat 
difficult  to  read  and  understand,  but,  with  due  application 
and  sufficient  time,  it  will  yield  greater  rewards  than  the 
study  of  any . other  book.  All  the  improvements  for  the  ben¬ 
efit  of  mankind  that  have  ever  been  made  have  resulted  from 
the  proper  study  of  this  book.  Other  books  mnv  be  valuable 
as  reflecting  the  opinion? of  others,  and  furnishing  in  a 
measure, second  hand  knowledge  which  wo  do  not  have  the  time 
to  acquire  at  first  hands,  but  the  study  of  the  book  of 
nature  is  the  foundation  ofjyknowledge  and  advancement.  I -a 
mankind  would  devote  one-half  of  the  effort  and  t-ime  which 
is  now  wasted  in  speculations  regarding  the  future  their 
condition  here  on  earth  would  soon  be  many  fold  bettor  than 

I  regard  you  as  one  of  the  pioneers  who  is  biasing 
the  way  in  the  wilderness,  and  I  am  glad  to  know  that  vou 
have  the  courage  of  your  convictions,  and  that  you  have  dared 
to  attack  the  moloch  of  mysticism  which  more  than  anvthdnp 
else  has  kept  mankind  in  ignorance  and  suffering.  ‘ 

With  kindest  regards,  X  beg  to  remain 

Yours  sincerely, 









Any  Other  Trade. 

Asserts  Only  Religion  in  the 
I  World  is  Golden 
I  ...  Rule. 

4542  perry  Street , 
jifl  Chicago,  December  4,  1(9 1  Qy *■"« 

Mr.  Thomas  A;  Edison,  1 

My  Dear  Sir:-  Pardon  me,  an  utter  stranger  to  you;  Tvithout 
distinction  of  any  sort:  only  an  ordinary  man  of  the  common 
people,  for  intruding  thus  upon  your  notice;  but  in  view  of  your 
utterances  concerning  religion  and  the  question  of  a  future  life 
beyond  the  grave,  as  published  so  prominently  in  the  newspapers 
of  recent  date,  X  am  moved  to  ask: 

3.  IT  the  "Golden  Rule"  is  your  religion,  what 
of  Him  who  first  enunciated  that  rule— "All  things  whatsoever  ye 
would  that  men  should  do  to  you,  do  ye  even  so  to  them."  Was 
Jesus  Christ  what  He  declared  himself  to  be,  the  Only-Begotten 
Son  of  God,  sent  by  the  Father  into  the  world  to  manifest  God's 
love  to  mankind  and  to  be  their  Saviour:  "That  whosoever  believeth 
in  Him  should  not  perish .  but  have  everlasting  life . 11  ? 

2.  Can  you  truly  belieVe  in  your  heart  that  a  personality 
and  an  intelligence  like  your  own,  for  instance,  is  brought  into 
existence  only  for  the  short  period  of  this  earthly  life,  then 
to  be  extinguished  and  cease  forever? 

xour  candid  reply  to  the  foregoing  questions,  would  gratify 
me,  were  you  pleased  to  do  me  that  honor.  Wishing  it  may  bo  yours 
to  know  the  happiness  and  to  possess  the  consolation  enjoyed  by 
those  who  hold  fast  the  blessed  hope  of  that  everlasting  lif-, 
promised  by  our  nord  and  Saviour  Jesus  Christ,  I  am,  with  respect. 
Sincerely  Your 

legrapher,  18G4-73. 


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•  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

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Dear  Mr.  Edison, - 

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Dr.  Carus,  Editor  of  the*  Monist,  is  an  old  frieAd  6T mine 
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seeking  some  authentic 

s^inrgrmatiog Relative  to  yoijr  views  cjf  im- 
eLe^U, )  . 

mortality  as  given  in  a^recent^ewiorlc1'  pa^erl^^lx  you'oan'  oblige 

relating/  to  this  matter, 
.d  greasy  anureoiate-jme^favc 

Dr.  Carus  with  an; 
I  am  sure  he  would 




LA  SALLE,  ILLS.  De0ember  3,  1910. 

Mr.  3.  Andrews, 

Schenectady,  Hew  York. 

My  dear  Sir: 

The  replies  which  Mr.  Edison  gave  to  reporters  are  repeated 
in  almost  all  the  papers  of  the  United  States,  and  you  can  understand 
that  1  take  a  lively  interest  in  ?:r.  Edison's  propositions.  You  will 
remember  the  talk  whioh  I  had  on  Mr.  Edison's  views  in  the  St.  Louis 
World's  Fair,  and  I  will  now  add  that  Mr.  Hegeler,  the  founder  of  the 
°pen .Court  Publishing  Company,  published  his  views  on  the  nature  of 
t^!L?.0Uli  whioh  wer«  al“08t  literally  the  same  as  the  statements  of  Mr. 
Edison,  only  with  thi_s  difference,  that  Mr.  Hegeler  saw  nothing  amiss  with 
this  conception  of  the  soul  but  found  in  it  the  immortality  he  longed  for. 
If  Mr.  Edison  says  that  when  he  is  dead  nothing  will  be  left  offi  him  but  his 
phonographs  and  inventions,  Mr.  Hegeler  would  have  said  that  that  was  Mr. 
Edison  himself,  that  was  his  soul,  and  in  this  surviving  soul  of  hie  he 
will  find  his  immortality.  T  wish  to  bring  out  this  point  and  I  should 
like  to  possess  as  completely  as  possible  the  materials  on  hand.  I  would 
like  to  know  what  Mr.  Aked  said,  and  I  assume  that  Dr.  Aked  is  the  same 
man  who  is  now  to  be  the  pastor  of  Mr.  Rockfeller's  congregation. 

If  you  are  not  in  possession  of  this  material,  could  you  perhaps 
through  the  kindness  of  Mr.  Edison  procure  the  materials  for  me.  I  expect 
that  if  you  address  Mr.  Edison  himself  in  my  behalf,  he  will  not  personally 
be  troubled  but  he  can  hand  over  the  matter  to  one  of  his  secretaries.  I 
should  be  much  obliged  to  him  as  well  as  to  you  for  assisting  me  in  this 


W.  S.  Andrews — 3 

I  will  further  state  that  Mark  Twain's  views  of  the  nature  of  the 
soul  ooincide  with  IJr.  Edison's  and  Mr.  Hegeler's.  It  is  a  pity  that  I 
oan  not  bring  it  out  at  once.  The  latest  Open  Court  has  left  and  the 
new  Monist  is  almost  completed.  It  would  not  do  to  make  any  changes  in 
the  ourrent  number  without  greatly  disturbing  our  office  forces  as  well  as 
the  work  of  the  composition  room,  but  I  suppose  that  what  I  will  have 
to  say  will  still  be  timely  after  a  few  months. 

I  am  at  present  greatly  hampered  in  my  work  because  of  two  consecu¬ 
tive  accidents.  I  have  become  lame  in  both  my  knees  and  I  must  submit  to 
the  doctor's  treatment  so  as  to  save  my  strength  to  walk  or  recuperate  as 
much  as  possible,  but  I  am  hindered  considerably  in  my  work  and  this  is 
another  reason  why  i  feel  like  delaying  the  discussion. 

I  hope  that  Mr.  Edison  will  be  pleased,  at  least  not  displeased,  with 
my  taking  up  this  much  mooted- subject .  At  any  rate  send  him  my  respects 
and  assure  him  that  I  would  have  been  very  much  pleased  if  I  had  had  the 
opportunity  of  meeting  him  personally. 

I  have  just  had  a  letter  from  Mr.  Edwin  Place,  and  I  am  rather  asM 
toniehed  that  he  speaks  of  you  as  if  you  were  not  in  Schenectady,  but  I 
hope  that  this  letter  will  find  you. 

Hoping  to  hear  from  you,  and  thanking  you  in  advance  for  the  trouble 
you  may  take  in  my  behalf,  I  remain, 

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M.  J.- Foley.  .Mgr.  and  Editor 
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One  year  in  advance .  $1.00 1 

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Single  copies - - - 

Special  rates  on  large  space 
and  long  time  contracts. 

Man  without  religion  may 
main  an  ordinary  animal.  ] 
woman  without  religion  becomes 
a  monster,  like  the  '■shameless 
thing  that, recently  declared  that 
Two  children. should  be. the  limi 
fixed  by  law. 

An  infidel  Jewish  preach< 
dares  that  the  Deluge 
Noah’s  Ark  were  myths.  A  local 
preacher  declares  that  the  story 
about  Jonas  and  the  fish  is 
fable.  It  is  well  for  the  Chi 
>rld  that 

s  here  t 
3m  infidel  Rab- I 

“It  is  neither  climate,  nor 
diet,  nor  bodily  exercise  which 
forms  the  beauty  of  the  human 
form;  it  is  the  moral  sentiment 
of  virtue  which  cannot  subsist 
without  religion.  Beairty  of 
countenance  is  the  true  phy- 
siogn  of  the  soul.” — Berriardin 
of  St.  Pierre. 

Well,  well!  So  Mrs.  Eddy  is 
dead !  If  dead  she  is  really  dead, 
and  if  really  dead  she  died  of 
something  real.  She  could  not 
die  of  a  fancy,  and  if  she  could 
she  would  not.  But  then  she  de-. 
nied  the  reality  -of  death.  .Mrs. 
Eddy  was  a  REAL  bundle  of  j 
contradictions.  Yes, 
the  most  real  and  notorious 
word-juggler  of  the  century. 
Yes,  she  is  dead,  really  dead, 
dead  of  pneumonia — ; 
ease  mind  you! 

ay  when  the  conductor  on  t 

g  his  ti 

has  the  ,sympt< 
its  incipiency.  At  periodic 

1  of  horror  and  in- 
the  prevalence  of 
graft  and  curruption  in  publi 

of  the  American  people 
been  most  vocifei 
against  three  formidable  va 
ties  of  grafters — the  corrupt 
politician,  the  true  blood  sucker  j 
body  social  and  politic 
|  the  octopian  corporation,  and 
lan  who  fattens  on  insur- 
protection.  Our  govern- 
of  the  people,  for  the  peo- 
[ple,  and  by  the  people  has  been 
largely  a  government  of  the 
people  by  the  grafter  and  for  the 
grafter,  and  it  has  not  always 
been  government ;  it  has  often 

been  misgovernment.” 

The  holiday  seasor 
e  want  to  suggest 
s  that  they  send  their  Western 
Catholic  and  any.  other  Catholi<*| 
that  they  may  have,  to  the 
Catholic  Chaplains  in  their  re¬ 
spective  states;  if  you  live  in 
Illinois,  send  them,  to  Catholic 
Chaplain,  Joliet;  or  Chester,  or 
;  if  in  Missouri,  to  Jeffer-I 
•ty,  and  so  on.  Each 

We  take  great  pleasun 
ing  our  readers’  attenl 
our  history  of  the  R< 

Richey,  printed  on  the  first  page 
of  this  issue.  It  makes  very  in-  j 
terestirig  reading  and 
give  a  fair  idea  of  this  promi-l 
nent  convert — a  worthy  follower 
of  Newman,  Manning,  Brown- 
son,  De  Costa  and  oth< 
who  have  found  a  home  ft 
peace  and  security  in  Chffrch  of 
God.  We  also  call  ajlention 
the  Rev.  Mr.  Richeyfs  "answer’ 
to  his  Anglican  friends.  How 
clear,  calm  and . .  dignified !  ’  No 
.  "mud  slinging”  at  those  who 
differ  from  him.  Compare  his 
'.answer  to  the  foul  -  exhalations 
that  come  from  the  poisonous 
weeds  that  have  been  plucked 
from  the  Rope’s  garden  and 
thrown  over  the  garden  wall  of 
the  Catholic  church.  Yes,  we 
request  our  non-Catholic  and| 
Catholic  readers  to  think 
ously  on  .  this  matter  As  we  I 
stated,  Mr.  Rickey  was  the  foun-| 
der  and  editor  of  an  able  Angli¬ 
can  paper,  and  as  an  inkling  of  J 
his  ability  along  those  lines, 
read  his  article  printed  on  1 
'  editorial  1  page,  on  “Edison 

some  unfortnate  Catholi 
mates.  Write  a  short  n... 
the  Chaplain  telling  him  what 
you  have  done,  and  he  will-  look 
for  them,  one  letter  will  do.  Ask 
see  that  the  papei 
er  Catholic  literature 
[may  send,' gets,  into  the  hands 
of  the  Catholic  inmates.  Think 
of  what  happiness  and  hope  you 
may '  bring  to  some  mother 
darling,  who  has  eried  and  at 
is  tempted  to  de 
our  young  Catholic 
would  start  this  practice,  asking 
their  friends  for  any  copies  ‘ 
Catholic  papers  they  may  hai 
they  can  do  awvorld  of  good ; 
[they  do  not  wish  to  send  them 
the  prisons,  send  them 
workhouses;  aim  house: 
hospitals  for  the  patients 
valescing.  Do  not  t 
jyou  love  Christ,  if  you  a 
willing  to  spend  one  cent  ; 
for  postage  to  brighten  and 
cheer'  some  heart  shut  away 
from  the  world.  Our  Lord  has 
“When  I  was  in  prison  you 
i  me,  and  whatever  you 
did  for  the  least  of  these  my 
brethren  you  did  it  to  Me.”  We 
hope  our  exchanges  and  the 
clergy  will  send  the  word  along, 
and  start  this  practice  in  their 
respective  localities. 

nay  ask  Mr.  Edison  how,  th< 
le  is  able  to  believe  in  a  £ 

illigncce?  Does  he  get 

impression  from 
:  at  large?  If  s< 
Supreme  Intelligence 



terial  surface? 

If  the  brain,*  as  he 
just  like  a  phonograph  record, 
which  receives  only  such  impres¬ 
sions  as  are  individually  made 
upon  it,  how  could  belief 
[Supreme  Intelligence  exist 
(less  that  belief  be,  itself,  a 
dividual  and  distinct  impres- 
Has  Mr.  Edison  a  me 
of  putting  his  brain-record 
solution  and  getting  a  general 
impression  from  these 
individual  impressions?  or,  does] 
rather  gather  this  impres- 
|  sion-  by  means  of  some  other  fac¬ 
ulty  which  presides 
[and  draws  conclusions  from  the 
impressions  made  upon  the 

How. could  Mr.  Edison 
if  he  were  solely  dependent  up¬ 
on  the  action  of  material  impres- 1 
sions?  H  could  not  do  so,  be¬ 
cause  the  invention  itself  would 
then  have  to  be  one  of  those 
[impressions.  If  r 
thoughts,”  but  “o 
cords  that 

sfons  from  our  environment;,’ 

'bich  v 


imply  a  phot 
graph  or  duplicate  of  somethii 
already  invented. 

With  Mr.  Edison,  familiarity 
with  thought  (along  :  ~ 

has  bred  contempt 
[should  have  multiplied  amaze- 
It  has  not  failed 

with  those  more  generally 
thoughtful  than  himself. 

Sometimes  his  inventions  have 
demanded  concentrated 
prolonged  thought.  When 

grew  wearj*  and  appealed 
i  to  let  -  ‘  • 

ued  to  make  it  labor  be-; 
he  could  not  sleep  before 
>  solved  the  problem 
[which  he  was  working. 

The  material  impression 
>e  brain  was,  that  it  must 
rest.  What  was  it  that  d 
ated  this  impression  and  forced 
the  brain  to  labor  on?  It  wa 
the  Will— something  quite  apai 
[from  the  brain,  essentially  in: 
material,  and  in  this,  case  at 
•OSS  purposes  with  the  brain. 
Why  did  the  Will  employ  thi 

Dr.  G.  Frank  Lydston  of  Chi-| 
■  cago,  in  an  address  delivered  b< 
fore  the  St.  Joseph  Medical  So 
ciety  at  South  Bend,  Lid.,  re 
cently,  declared:  “A  study  of 
graft  is  a  stifdy  of  the  human 
nature;”  says  Dr.  Lydstt 
graft  microbe  lies  in  wait  deep1 
down  in  the  system  of  the  aver 
age  good  citizen.  It  feeds  ot 
opportunity  and  necessity.  Tht 
individual  who  yearns  for  the. 
railroad  pass  or  looks  the  other] 


Mr.  Edison  says  he  is  not  a 
atheist,  for  he  believes  “in  a  St 
preme  Intelligence.”  He  has 
grave  doubts, -however,  as  to  any 
[Revelation  whatsoever.  Of  the 
whole  Counsel  of  God, 
if  it;  he  says:  “Don’ 
understand  it.”  Therefore 
he -puts  himself  in  that  class 
known  as  agnostics,  who  declare 
there  is  no  means  of  knowing] 
these  things. 

If  there  are  no  -  such  means, 
then  Mr.  Edison,  doubtless,  per 
iforms  an  intellectufaf  miracle 
when  he  declares  he 
atheist  but  believes  in  a  Supreme  j 

s  difficult  to  see  how  any- 
an  believe  without  faith, 
belief  is  the  operation  of 
faith.  If  Mr.  Edison  has  faith 
mough  to  believe  in  a  Supreme 
Intelligence,  then,  to  that  extent 

bstance  of.  things  hoped  for. 
the  evidence  of  things  not  seen,” 
glorious  Apostle  tells  us,  we 
no  longer  believe  Mr.  Edi- 
when  he  says — "Everything 
material.  We  have  no 
thoughts.  Our  brains  are  like 
| records  that  take  impressions 

servant?  It  was  because  tht 
:ason,  another  faculty,  used 
good  offices  with  the  Will  to 
persuade  it  that  it  must,  for  good 
reason,  make  the  Drain  labor  on. 

And  why  did  the  Reason  per¬ 
suade  the  Will  to  so  act  ?  It 
was  because  the  Motive,  behind 
them  all,  made  known  its  [ 

[and  purposes  the  Reason. 

see,  then,  that  the  brain 
medium  for  impressions 
come  to  it  from  opposite 
[sources,  and  ouj-  thoughts 
not  “simply  impressions  which 
we  get  from  outside.”  These 
other  interior  facultie: 

from  the  brain 
[outside  objects  which 

through  the  senses,  and 
impressed  upon  it.  “There 
spirit  in  man  and  the  inspiration] 
of  the  Almighty  •  giveth  them  ] 

To  acknowledge  a  Supreme] 
Intelligence  and  thus 
the  Supreme  Truth  in  one  breath  | 
is  simply  a  case  of  acknowledg¬ 
ing  the  Crucified  as  King  a 
then  reviling  Him  as  such: 

Mr.  Edison,  probably,  has 
iuch  deliberate  intention ;  j 
•ve  can  say  this  with  the  m 
studied  reflection  because 
;entleman  has  made  it  perfectly 
lear  to  us  that  he  docs  not  kno 
his  own  Mind. 

J.  A.  M.  RICHEY. 

v  of  this  statement 


Mrs.  Eddy  is  dead,  and  t1 
|  greatest  religious  mountebank  | 
s  century  is  no  more. 

nd  disease  she  denied 
also  did  her  follow¬ 
ers  who  were  at  her  bedside 
when  she  breathed  her  last.  The 
cult  she  founded  is  neither 
Christian  nor  scientific.  Be- 
luse  she  neither  believed  in  a 
personal  God;  the  divinity  of 
Christ;  the  trinity;  the  power  of. 

a  judgment  after 
death,  in  fact  she  held  some  61 
Ingersoll’s  ideas,  under  th'e  pre-  i 
tense  of  a  belief  in  Christ.  Her] 

she  says  matter  does  not 
only  mind  exists;  disease 
or;  a  man  with  one  leg 
vo  if  in  his  mind  he  be- 
it.  And  such  rot  ex¬ 
plained  by  neither  common. 
:nse  or  reason. 

The  followers  of  Mr.  Edd^> 
re  a  self  satisfied  lot  of  people, 

imagination  is  greater  than  their 
and  who  arei 
looking  for  some  sop  *o_ease 

Only  mind 

| finite!  and  such  generalities  I 
used  without  clearness,  in  a  I 
way  that  no  intelligent  person' 
[can  fully  grasp  just  what  they] 
[do  hold.  In  the  Catholic  church] 
s-year-old  child  can  tell  you/ 
the  fundamentals  of  his  church; 

Scientist  of  40  who  could  make 
clear  to  you  just  what  he  be- 1 
lieved?  Christian  Science  is 
Spiritualism  gone  to  seed,  and 
followers,  many  of  whom  are 
od  people,  though  blinded, 
>uld  be  just  as  good  out  of  its 

.  We  m 

say  that  Christian- 

infidelity;  for  if  there 
judgment  after  death 
Mrs.  Eddy  held,  then  Chri 
'  ig  was  in  vain,  the  redemp-  ] 
s  a  myth !  for  what  is  the 

or  state  that  does  not 
Christ’s  sufferings  were 
in,  since  she  (Mrs.  Eddy), 
[pays  He  was  “only”  the  \\ 
wer.  As  .understood  by 
i-Catholics,  and  in  fact 

ly  with  a  personal  God;| 
Christ’s  divinity,  jud; 

[  death,  what  is  there  left  of  the  j 
[Christian  religion?  Mrs.  Eddy’ 
[followers  will  now  be  kept  busy 
Explaining  away  her  dea 
id  on,  trying 
[forget  that  their  founder  died 
the  rest  of  us  will  die,  £r< 
some  disease. 


Is  the  description  given  by 
the  New  York  Journal’s  critic 
bn  th’e  play  Salome.  The  New, 
York  Evening  Post  calls  it  “a 
‘flagrant  offense  against  common 
decency  and  morality.”  The 
'New  York  Evening  Mail  said: 
“Salome’s  place  is  in  the  library 
of  the  alienist.  It  should 

|The  Outlook  said :  "The  man’s 
(Oscar  Wilde’s)  story  cannot  be 
any  public  print,  and  Sa- 
[lome  belongs  to  his  degenerate 
period.  Its  principal  motive  is 
which  hardly  made 
subject  of  conservation  be- 
veen  self  respecting  men.”  Mr. 
[w.  J.  Henderson,  one  of  the 
ablest  musical  critics  in  this,  or 
[any  other  country,  says  in  the 
New  York  Sun:  “Not  a  single 
[lofty  thought  is  uttered  by  any 
|  personage  except  the  prophet, 
conceded  that  none  of 
|  the  other  characters  can  coir 


lewdness,  be- 
ial  appetites  and  abnormal 
[carnality.”  This  hideous  play, 
the  work  of  the  degenerate  Wil- 
stipprcssed  after  one 
[performance  at  the  Metropolitan 
Opera  House  in  New  York, 
ne  months  ago.  It  was  not 
idemned  by  the 

vordly  -  theater  patrons 


■>  Moo&lanti  Ibome  >• 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Menlo  Park, 

\>Ww<£xov.  ^asj,  \i3w>40\A,t>VW1 

H-Z  December  12,  1910. 

H.  j. 

1.  i 

.  Sear  §ir:— Being  much  interested  in  the  assault  made  upon 
ypur  views  by  Oharles  F.  Aked  and  other  clergymen  i  have  thought 
that  you  might  care  to  read  what  1  have  said  about  this  matter  in 
10  *»"  1  •»«*«.  submit  the 

Chin  ThrS  ReV’  Joh"  Thompsotl  of  JWieaton,  Illinois,  who  is  by  the 

says?  0Ur"al  °alled  "0ne  of  the  fading  thinkers  of  the  church," 

"Edison's  opinion  on  the  question  'of  a  future  life 
*  n°  value  whatever.  X  have  made  a  lifetime  study 
of  the  bible  and  church  work,  and  I  believe  I  am  better 

qualified  to  render  a  sound  opinion  on  the  subject  than 

fSture'lif!  athelst  but  an  agnostic  on  the 

f  ;  The  fallacy  of  View  is  obvious.  Every 
conception  has  a  reality  back  of  it.  Universal  mind 
has  conceived  a  future  state.  Even  the  American  Indian 
and  the  pagan  believed  in  a  future  reward.  Therefore 
future  6  a°me:reality  behind  this  conception  of 

future  life.  The  early  church  conception  of  hell 
however,  has  given  way  to  a  more  sane  view." 

L°mPSOn  helices  tt^t  he  is  better  qualified  than  is  Mr.Edison 
the  bible  «  sound  opinion  because  he  has  "made  a  lifetime  study  of 
he  »•"  How  does  this  lifetime  study  better  qualify  him’  Has 

he  mental  gifts  superior  to  those  of  Mr.  Edison  and  others  and  do 

isepoessS?blCealtoS1c2lnenabl0  hJB  t0  arrive  at  a  than 

s  possible  to  common,  everyday  mortals?  Must  a  person  study  the 

«>•«•*<>  «*»«*  be,;,:”: 



. A.2dison-#2 

students.'  His  mother  had  told  him  that  certain  things  were  true, 
and  she  being  his  superior  in  years  and  in  presumed  knowledge  he 
had  accepted  her  statements  as  facts.  it  had  never  occurred  to  him 

that  his  mother  might  have  been  ignorant  and  misinformed;  that  she 
might  have  received  her  alleged  knowledge  from  an  equally  ignorant 
and  misinformed  mother — and  so  on  all  the  way  back.  As  he  grew 
older  it  had  never  occurred  to  him  to  investigate  the  subject  for 
himself  in  order  to  discover  upon  what  authority  his  mother  based 
her  statements,  but  he  had  been  content. to  go  through  life  with  no 
other  information  than  that  which  he  had  derived  from  his  mother. 
Consequently  he  never  discovered  that  the  so-called'  "sacred  writings" 
are  purely  anonymous;  that  they  were  certainly  written  long  after 
the  alleged  events  therein  recorded  took  place,  the  gospel  attributed 
to  John  having  been  composed  late  in  the  second  century;  that  the 
book  ascribed  to  the  apostle  James  was  undoubtedly  written  about 
the  year  150  A.D.,  its  authorship  being  utterly  unknown;  that  "Saint 
Peter"  was  never  heard  of  until  about  the  year  400  and  that  his 
entity  rests  entirely  upon  tradition,  which  tradition  contradicts 
itself  in  important  particulars,  the  result  being  that,  as  Judge  Ladd 
says,  "under  the  most  liberal  rules  of  evidence  we  are  compelled  to 
deny  that  such  a  person  as  Saint  Peter  ever  existed.  Dr.  Thompson 
never  learned  that  the  virgin  birth,  the  sign  of  the  cross,  the 
eucharist,  baptism,  the  trinity  and  every  other  feature  and  doctrine 
of  the  Christian  church  was  taken  by  that  church  from  older  religions; 
and  that  not.  one  of  those  features,  rites  or  ceremonies  originated 
with  or  was  peculiar  to  the  Christian  sect.  And  yet.  this  same 
"loading  thinker"  has  the  effrontery  to  pose  as  the  superior  of 
Thomas  A.  Edison  and  to  be  better  qualified  than  he  to  render  a  sound 
opinion  upon  the  subject  of  the  biblical  writings!  How  well 
qualified  he  is  may  be  judged  from  the  following  declaration: 

"The  fallacy  of  Edison's  view  of  a  future  life  is 
obvious.  Every  conception  has  a  reality  back  of  it. 
Universal  mind  has  conceived  a  future  state*  Even  the 
American  Indian  and  the  pagan  believed  in  a  future  reward. 
Therefore  there  must  be  some  reality  behind  this  concep¬ 
tion,.  » 

And  so  it  appears  that  it  is  necessary  only  for  "universal  mind" 
to  "conceive"  something  and  this  conception  "therefore"  becomes  a 
reality?  This  declaration  may  justly  be  classed  among  the  state¬ 
ments  which  are  "important  if  true."  But  is  it  true?  The 
"universal  mind"  of  the  American  Indian  "conceived"  a  heaven  which 
is  a  happy  hunting-ground,  in  preparation  for  which  he  has  buried 
with  him  his  horse  and  other  things  required  for  the  chase.'  If  we 
may  credit  Dr.  Thompson  this  conception  has  a  reality  behind  it  and 
"therefore"  the  departed  red  men  are  now  engaged  in  slaughtering 
the  buffalo  and  the  antelope  just  as  they  did  while  on  this  earth. 

The  "universal  mind"  of  the  Mohammedan  "conceived"  a  heaven  in  which 
he  is  to  enjoy  the  embraces  of  unlimited  black-eyed  houris.  ,0f 
course  this  conception  will  also  be  realized  for  the  reason  above 

•Ed is on -#3 

stated.  The  Christian's  heaven  is  peopled  with  "the  blest, ''"who 
wear  golden  crowns,  play  on  harps  and  sing  everlastingly  in  praise 
of  their  god  who  sits  upon  a  throne  for  a  description  of  which  see 
the  fourth  chapter  of  Revelation.  The  "universal  mind"  of  Christiare 
having  "conceived"  this  sort  of  a  heaven  there  must  be  some  reality 
behind  it;  and  the  "universal  mind"  of  other  peoples  having  “conceived' 
various  kinds  of  future  existences  all  of  them  will  "therefore" 
become  realities. 

But  just  here  arises  the  question,  which  of  all  these  diverse 
"conceptions'"  is  going  to  be  the  real  thing,  because  obviously  some 
of  them  must  be  mis-conceptions.  Can  it  be  possible  that  in  all  of 
these  "universal  minds"  "the  wish  has  been  father  of  the  thought;" 
that  "universal  mind"  has  been  drawing  upon  its  imagination  for  its 
alleged  facts;  that  it  is  not  going  to  realize  its  conception  after 
all,  and  that  Mr.  Edison's  view  of  the- matter  is  not  fallacious  in 
spite  of  Ur.  Thompson's  confident  pronouncement?  And  also  can  it 
be  possible  that  "a  leading  thinker"  may  not  do  any  real  thinking 
but  simply  imagines  that  he  thinks? 

Dr.  Thompson  admits  that  the  early  church's  "conception"  of 
hell  has  "given  way  to  a  more  sane  view."  Since  the  "universal 
mind"  of  the  early  church  "conceived"  a  heaven  and  a  hell  but  has 
now  "conceived"  that  a  hell  does  not  exist, (may  we  not  reasonably 
suspect  that  when  that  church  becomes  still  farther  enlightened  it 
may  also  take  a  saner  view  of  Its  alleged  heaven,  admitting,  that 
it  was  just  as  much  in  error  in  this  "conception"  as  it  now  confesses 
that  it  was  concerning  the  other?  Or- will  Dr.  ’Thompson  contend 
that  the  church  has  reached  the  limit  of  its  concessions  to  modern 
enlightenment  and  will  therefore  firmly  dra^  the  line  at  its  long- 
delayed  and  reluctant  relinquishment  of  a  hell? 

But  why  has  Dr.  Thompson  and  the  church  generally  abandoned 
the  hell-fire  dogma?  Have  they  done  it  because  they  have  discovered 
that  there  is  no  evidence  in  support  of  this  doctrine?  Certainly 
not.  The  "evidence"  is  just  as  strong,  today  as  it  ever  was,  for 
if  the  gospels  can  be  relied  upon  for  anything  it  surely  is  that 
there  is  a  hell.  See  Matthew,  v,  22  and  29;  ditto  x,  2b;  ditto 
xxiii,  •  33;  Luke,  xvi,  23,  etc.,  etc.  In  the  fac.e  of  these  explicit 
declarations  why  does  Dr.  Thompson  and  the  church  "take  a  saner  view" 
of  this  matter?  Is  it  a  voluntary  ,act  on  their  part?  Wo,  indeed. 
They  have  discarded  this  doctrine  only  because  the  people  in  the  pews 
would  no  longer  tolerate  or  listen  to  such  teaching.  You  will  search 
in  vain  through  all  of  the  history  of  the  church  for  a  single  instance 
in  which  it  has  upon  its  own  initiative  abandoned  the  ground  upon 
which  it  originally  stood.  It  has  been  only  when  its  victims  have 
rebelled  against  an  obnoxious  doctrine  and  threatened  secession  that 
the  priest  has  in  his  fright  yielded  the  disputed  point  in  order 
to  save  his  ministerial  life  and  avoid  the  dreadful  necessity  of 
earning  his  bread  honestly.  "Believe  or  disbelieve  anything  you 
■Please,  only  do  not  throw  me  out  of  my  job,"  he  piteously  pleads 

and  shifts  his  ground  accordingly,  tho  result  being,  as  Ray  Stannard 
Baker  says  in  the  American  magazine,  that 

"The  Protestant  churches,  as  churches,  may  be  said 
indeed  to  have  no  longer  any  very  positive  convictions 
or  any  definite  purpose.  They  no  longer  believe  their 

own  creeds . Scarcely  two  ministers — let  alone  two 

denominations — agree  either  on  doctrine  or  on  methods 
of  work." 

As  1  have  seen  only  so  much  of  your  views  and  of  the  attacks 
made  upon  you  as  have  appeared  in  telegraphic  dispatches  you  will 
confer  a  favor  if  you  will  supply  me  with  fuller  information  in 
both  respects.  1  saw  that  Dr.  Aked  threatened  to  demolish  you 
in  a  series  of  sermons,  and  1  should  much  like  to  know  just  how 
he  performs  that  little  job,  the  presumption  being  £hat  he 
possesses  information  concerning  the  future  life  that  is  not 
accessible  to  the  general  public.  1  also  observed  that  while 
he  denied  your  right  to  express  an  opinion  because  you  have  solved 
no  metaphysical  problems  he  considers  Tennyson  to  be  good  authority 
because  he  wrote  "1  hope  to  meet  my  Pilot  face  to  face  when  I  have 
crossed  the  bar,"  .although  he  does  not  pretend  that  the  poet  laureate 
had  ever  solved  any  problem,  metaphysical  or  otherwise. 

Congratulating  you  upon  having  the  courage- of  your  opinions 
I  am  very  truly  yours, 

.  ^-vS.CUvvJuJie/ 

_ L~/X^/  tC  <-^  fejSA Cg-t— CiXrt-M^ 

c^€^^Jjul  4fc^.e 



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Dear  Sir:-  Is  it  not  quite  as  possible  that  the 
strand-power  exhibited  by  Prof.  Reese  is  a  rudi¬ 
ment  of  a  faculty  or  power  possessed  by  some  an¬ 
imal  ancestor  as  that  it  is  a  prophecy  of  powers 
with  which  the  future  man  is  to  be  endowed? 

Very  respect fully 



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Inventor  Edison  Declares  Death  Wil i  End  Ail  and 
fie  Will  N<?t  Play  a  Harp  or  Be  Boiled  in  Oil 

Only  Religion  Needed  in  the  World  Is  the 
Golden  Rule  and  He  Would  Have  It 
Enforced  by  the  Police, 



Time  Not  Far  Distant  When  Man  Can  Be  Put 
In  Cold  Storage  for  Months,  Warmed 
Up  Again  and  Sent  Away  Well. 

New  York,  Nov.  30. — Thomas  A.  Edison,  the  inventor,  who 
eon  My  was  attacked  by  the.  Rev.  Charles  F.  Aked  and  by  Henry 
Prank  and  others  for  what  they  called  his  “atheistic  views,’'  has 
replied  to  their  criticisms. 

That’s  it,”  lie  said.  “I’m  an  atheist  now,  am  I?  These  people 
ivho  call  me  to  account  do  not  even  read  what  I  havo  said.  I  am  not 
m  atheist,  never  havo  boon  and  never  said  I  was.  I  believe  in  a  su- 
10  intelligence,  but  I  have  grave  doubts  as  to  whether  you  and  I 
.11  xi  ir  good  folks  of  this  earth  arc  going  to  be  roused  from 

ind  all  the  ol 

ir  grave, 
“I  d. 


Mr. Thomas  A.Rdison, 

lljnnoapolis  ,Docouborl9 , 1910 . 

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Sooond  of  last  October  jfippeared  ^ 

intefv.-i.ov;  With  you  from  o/.hy  Edward  Marshal, relating tH*  imortn'!-*- 
a'>3e.  The  ijcterest  r  have  at  present  is  the  authors  you  quoted:  W.H. Thomson, 
"Brain  and  Personality "  of  which  r  secured  at  the  Public  library  hero, hut 
was  not  able  to  get  the  other  author  Mondoloff ,nor  does  it  appear  that  you 
state  •  any  special  writings  of  his.  Will  you  kindly  inform  me  by  first  mail 
how  or  where  r  can  secure  his  works  or  writings?  rara  pursuing  course  having  • 
as  its  chief  aiu;nore  rational  and  consistent  Religious  and  Political  toachingj 
M^views  in  a  word  are  :that  the  moral  and  political  Dogmas  of  the  world, are 
responsible  for  the  Royerty-^d  Crimes  .that  infest  society.  rn  the  place  of 
Religious  revivals, and  political  campaigns,  well  organised  Inteligenoe  would 
assort  better  with  Social  Functions.  I  would  like  a  word  of  enlightenment , or 
of  encouragement , if  you  are  prepared  to  make  the  offer. 

Very  Respectfully, 


W.W. Wood ruff, 

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ThoB.  A,  Bdison, 
Invent*  rt  t 
Menlo  Ptrk,  I 

w?  Washington, 

n6Q.30th.I9IO,-  on*  of  the  New  York  papers, 
that  yen  are  being  critioisod, by  the  orthodox  clergy, for  yew  religions 
views .which  seem  to  me  to  be  worthy  ef  all  acceptation, by  ell  honest  and 
intelligent  people,!  take  the  liberty  of  sending  you, by  this  mail,*  lit¬ 
tle  brochure, containing  my  own  religi©,?s  viewa.which  seem  be  aln»st 
i denticle  with  your  own. 

I  have  long  had  the  very  highest  admiration  and  regard  fer  you  and 
your  won^rful  works, sincerely  believing  that  yen  have  been  a  better  sew 
ant  of  C^P.and  worth  far  mare  to  humanity  .than  all  the  Akeds  in  the  world. 

Wishing  yen  long  health  and  happiness,  that,  you  may  t>s  permitted  .du¬ 
ring  the  coming  years , further  t«  act  «&  a  wiBe  interpreter  *f  the  ways  e! 
Rod  to  m^jrevealing  His  latent  forcee.and  interpreting  His  wonderful  and 
many  most  beneficent  laws,!  am,  ! 



N  BIOPSIS — A  View  of  Life 

(By  Albert  E.  J oab.)  ^ 

Inventor  Denies  Being  Atheist, 
but  Doesn’t  Believe  in 

To  all  lovers  of  reunions  liberty,  these  lines  are  respectfully  dedicated.  ^ 

Within  Iny  study,  nil  alone  tonight,  Of  awe,  of  adoration  and  delight, 

Where  welcome  silence  reigns  supreme,  save  that  „✓  For  all  these  wondrous  works— instinctive  love. 

The  stoic  time-piece,  on  the  wall,  tells  off  .  Innate  religion,  that  spontaneous  flow. 

The  precious  houre,  in  accents  sad  and  low,  From  every  human  henrt?  No  man  con  say, 

In  retrospective,  melancholy  mood,  And  yet  the  prigs  and  pigmies  of  the  world 

I  wander  through  the  vistas  of  the  jpast.  tio  forth,  with  owMikc  gravity,  and  tell 

Us  everything;  and  lose  the  common  herd. 

For  years.  I’ve  wandered  o’er  this  globe,  the  work  Within  a  dizzy  maze,  of  creeds  and  schisms, 

And  architecture  of  the  great  First  Cause;  —Of  sects  and  schools,  of  doctrines  and  beliefs. 


In  Reply  to  Critics  Says  Golden 
Rule  Is  Only  Real  Religion, 
and  Is  All  That  Is 

O’er  ocean,  lake,  o’er  mountain,  dale  and  stream,  More  dark  and  intricate  than  was  the  famed 

Through  every  nation,  every  land  and  clime,  ,  Old  Cretan  labyrinth;  each  pious  fraud 

To  study  all  the  peoples,  all  the  laws.  Proclaiming  his  the  one  and  only  true 

And  drink  deep  draughts  of  all  true  wisdom,  from  ,  Religious  faith,  the  only  road  to  life; 

The  primal  fountain  source.  Dame  Nature’s  book,  Like  quacks,  that  vend*  their  drugs,  in  public  ways, 

And  now,  footsore  and  tired,  I  sit  me  down,  .  And  this  they  call  that  simple  Christian  truth,  ‘ 

To  meditate  upon  my  wanderings,  Which  he  who  runs,  though  ignorant,  may  read. 

1910.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  - 
Advice  -  General  (D-10-28) 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  suggesting  improvements 
in  Edison's  inventions,  asking  him  for  advice  on  technical  matters,  or 
requesting  his  assistance  in  improving  or  promoting  inventions.  Also  included 
are  unsolicited  letters  from  inventors  about  their  work. 

A  sample  of  less  than  one  percent  of  the  documents  has  been  selected. 
Most  of  the  selected  items  contain  Edison  marginalia. 

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Llewellyn  Park 
West  On 

Dear  Sir: 


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One  Has  to  pay  a  price  to  get  a  music  teaciier  to 
write  out  a  song  that  one  lias  composed, onto  staff  paper, and 
1  do  not  know  of  any  means  of  recording  automatically  any 
piano  or  instrumental  piece, which  one  has  improvised. 

*ho  Phonograph , as  it  seems  to  me, interferes  with 
the  freedom  of  composition  .being  too  sot  and  mechanical  in 
i*'8  °Per,ition.  One  might  record  an  improvisation  upon  it 
by  singing  , whistling , piano  playing, or  playing'  of  an  instru¬ 
ment, but  it  would  be  liard  to  translate  that  record  into  proper 
ly  written  music  on  staff-ruled  paper. 

The  following  are  three  crude  ideas  about  this 
matter, and  they  are  submitted  to  you  for  consideration  and 
for  working  out  if  there  is  any  kernel  of  merit 


I:  V/ould  it  not  be  possible  to  photograph  the 

record  on  the  Phonograph  cylinder  of  any  song  or  improvisa¬ 
tion, and  by  .laying  the  photograph  out  flat, to  discover  the 
relations  of  the  notes  that  v/ould  be  similar  to  the  music 
written  on  the  staff  paper? 

IToto:-  1  assume  that  the  voice  or  in¬ 
strument  when  it  sounds , makes  im¬ 
pressions  on  the  Phonograph  cylinder 
of  small  depth  or  greater  depth, which  in 
their  distance  from  each  other, and  in 
their  relation  to  each  other , correspond 
to  the  notes  written  with  the  pen  on 
staff-ruled  paper. 

XX:  Recently  I  saw  in  the  "Newark  News"  of  Satur¬ 

day  ,Pobruary  19th, I  think, a  small  flat  paragraph  in  double 
column , which  described  the  experiments  that  some  German  pro¬ 
fessor  had  made  in  causing  different  lines  of  gas-burner 
flames  to  respond  to  movements  of  the  voice  in  singing. 

Remark :-  It  immediately  occurred  to  me 
that  tiiis  method  ought  to  be  adapted  for 
the  automatic  recording  of  improvisations 
or  music  regularly  played  and  sung. 

It  occurred  to  me  that  these 
flames  should  move  with  the  movements  of 
tire  voice, and  that  the  length  of  the 
flames  should  be  recorded  on  a  continuous 

running , highly  sensitised  photo¬ 
graph  paper, which  should  move  auto¬ 
matically  .corresponding  to  the  time 
of  the  music. 

Or  else  the  line  of  flames 
should  be  moved  automatically  in 
unison  with  the  time  of  the  music 
in  front  of  the  sheet  of  higlily 
sensitised  photograph  paper. 

Ill: -The  third  idea  is  derived  from  a  German  in¬ 
vention  for  duplicating  typewriting.  I  once  translated  the 
Specifications  of  a  German  patent , according  to  which,a  second 
typewriter  was  arranged  to  operate  in  unison  with  the  first 
and  make  a  stencil jO^'chablon"  of  the  original  written  by 
the  operator.  Afterwards  the  typewriter  was  arranged  to 
feed  into  tnis  stencil  on  the  organntto  plan  and  reproduce 
the  writing  a  number  of  times. 

This  plan  could  be  adapted  to  a  piano  ,by  having 
a  series  of  punchers  attached  to  each  key, so  that  the  play¬ 
ing  of  the  music  would  produce  an  organette  stenciljand  from 
the  relations  of  the  perforations  on  the  stencil  the  regular 
pen-written  staff  music  could  be  made. 

Please  oblige  me  by  acknowledging  this  letter, and 
stating  whether  or  not,any  of  the  suggestions  are  feasible 
be  worked  out.  All  this  may  be  chimerical, but  I 


I’.A.E.  (4) 

hope  you  will  let  me  in  on  -this  great  invention". 

If  such  an  invention  could  be  made, it  might  be 
made  to  catch  many  of  the" lost  chords"that  fade  into  oblivion. 
It  wouHfb'ca -great  convenience  to  everybody  and  would  have  an 
International  sale. 

Trusting  to  hear  from  you, I  beg  to  remain, 

Very  respectfully  yours, 



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paper  the  general  details.  In  brief,  the  scheme  consiste: 

of  a  floor  plan  which  laid  out  the  store  in  shallow  enisles 
similar  to  modern  department  stores,  with  racks  or  frames 
rising'  to  a  height  of  7  feet.  In  the  rear  of  those  cases 
were  loading- aisles  completely  concealed  from  public  view. 

The  individual  machine  consisted  of  a  receptacle 
of  suitable  si;:o  with  a  slight  incline  toward  tho  front. 

The  door  was  to  be  made  of  some  transparent  substance  with 
a  light  metal  frame.  Application  of  tho  coin  in  the  slot 
released  the  door  which  fell  at  right  angles  with  tho  case 
and  a  single  package  was  exposed  to  view.  The  removal  of 
the  package  restored  the  door  to  its  former  position  and 
released  tho  governing  stop  which  permitted  the  packages  next 
in  roar  to  come  forward:  the  first  package  being  separated 
from  the  others  by  a  spring-  stop.  The  loading  from  the  rear 
portion  of  the  case  was  controlled  by  an  automatic  checking 
device  and  the  entire  removal  of  the  contents  of  tho  recep¬ 
tacle  caused  a  red  disk  to  show  on  the  loading  side  of  the 

Pocatello,  Idaho,  June  2,  1910. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison. 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Please  find  enclosed  copy  of  drawings  and  speoifioations  of 
Dynamo  Ventilator  for  which  I  have  been  granted  Letters  Patent 
No.,  919,203. 

I  desire  to  have  you  give  the  descriptive  matter  your  oare- 
ful  reading  and  attention.  It  is  not  worth  the  while  for  to  rehash 
over  the  many  advantages  of  this  system  of  ventilation,  only  I 
would  more  partioulary  call  your  attention  to  the  value  of  the 
Ventilating  Device  in  mining  and  mill  work  where  there  is  an  excess 
ive  amount  of  dust,  heat  and  moisture. 

Would  this  Ventilating  Device  have  a  tendency  to  give  a  mon¬ 
opoly  to  the  manufacture  of  motors  subject  to  the  hardest  usage. 

Your  reputation  and  knowledge  of  eleotrioal  oontrivances  make 
you  about  the  last  person  I  would  care  to  approach  with  with  a 
worthless  invention. 

If  the  invention  is  of  merit  in  your  estimation  would  like  to 
correspond  with  you  to  have  you  manufacture  the  same. if  not  please 
enclose  the  descriptive  matter  in  enclosed  cove  Bind  return  the  same 

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Toronto ,  Ont . ,  Can. 

Dear  Sir: 

Tours  of  tlio  16th  inst. ,  regarding 
a  now  form  of  Primary  Batteries, is  recoived. 

Mr.  Edison  has  directed  me  to  write 

you  that  if  you  have  your  idea  patented,  lot  us  know 
what  it  is  and  ho  can  tell  at  once  if  it  is  valuable. 
3£ours  very  truly. 

GEO.  A.  HENDERSON  '.ff*' 

OFFICIAL  REPORTER'  •;  '•.*?,  \ 

ed  States  Courts  for  the  Southern  DfeVRiCT 
of  West  Virginia  . '  i.V?  ^  A  *;•’ 

n<>W.  v/C  J 


Herbert  H.  Dyke,  Esq., 

Edison  Legal  Deprtment, 
Orange ,N.J. 

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My  dear  sir: 

The  enclosed  article  is  self-explanatory,  and  is 
sent  to  you  before  X  make  any  effort  to  publish  it,  in  the  hope 
that  I  may  secure,  perhaps  througi  Mr.  Edison,  the  co-operation 
I  believe  I  could  finally  secure  in  the  event  of  its  publica¬ 
tion  from  ^^’prospective  source! 

As  you  will  note,  this  machine's  intention  dates  back 
to  1905, and  applications  for  Letters  Patent  therefor  have  been 
made  by  me  since  then.  I  have  done  considerable  work  in  this 
regard,  but  not  being  a  Patent  attorney,' and  having  been  more 
or  less  lax  in  pushing  the  applications  and  correspondence  with 
the  patent  office,  as  well  as  in  the  actual  manufacture  of  the 
machine,  on  aocarat  of  lack  of  funds, more  than  inclinatL  on,  it 
has  not  developed  as  rapidly  as  X  know  it  would  with  sudi  help 
as  I  am  now  endeavoring  to  get,  for  the  first  time. 

If  the  invention  is  in  any  way  interesting  to  Mr. 

°r  y0U’  1  W0Uld  asl£  that  you  write  me  accordingly,  and 
/,  thsn  submit  to  ycu  a  proposal  involving  the  building  of  a  small 
machine, there  or  here,  and  the  perfecting  of  various  sib  cif ica- 



-tions  accanpanying  t$e  applications  for  Letters  Patent,  and 
would  send  to  you  copies  of  these  papers,with  drawings,  for 
this  purpose,  together  with  a  proposal  to  furnish  half  of  the 
money  that  might  have  to  he  hereafter  expended  in  the  enterprisa 
I  have  purchased  my  client's  entire  interest  in  the  invention, 
and  believe,  with  the  mere  suggestions  of  Mr.  Edison,  its  suc¬ 
cess  would  soon  he  assured. 

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July  8,  1910 

George  A.  Hendereon,  Beq., 

Federal  Building, 

Charleston,  V/.  Va. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  have  your  favor  of  July  6th,  and  must  ask  you  to 
pardon  me  for  not  having  heretofore  acknowledged  reoeipt  of 
the  very  interesting  document  enclosed  with  your  former  letter. 
As  soon  as  I  have  anything  to  report  to  you  on  this  subjeot, 

I  shall  lot  you  know. 

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July  15,  1910. 

George  A,  Henderson,  Esq., 

Post  Office  Suilding, 

Charleston,  V/.  Va. 

Dear  Sirs 

I  return  herewith  the  artiole  entitled  "Mastery  of 
the  Air"  enolosod  with  your  letter  of  June  20th. 

Personally,  I  am  in  no  position  to  do  any  of  the 
things  which  you  suggost  in  your  letter,  both  because  of  the 
laok  of  time  and  also  booause  of  the  same  reason  to  which  you 
ascribe  your  own  comparative  inactivity. 

The  article  in  quostion  has  been  submitted  by  me  to 
Mr.  Edison  and  he  has  the  following  suggestions  to  offer: 

That  the  reference  in  the  article  to  a  rate  of  500 
miles  per  hour  should  bo  very  greatly  reduced  or  made  indefinite 
if  this  artiole  or  a  similar  one  is  published,  because  if  so 
high  a  rate  of  speed  as  this  is  asoribed  to  the  device,  it 
will  be  likely  to  scare  away  capital  whioh  might  otherwise  be 
interested,  as  the  reader  would  be  likely  to  regard  the  entire 
scheme  as  visionary  and  chiraerioal,  even  if,  as  a  matter  of 
fact,  such  a  speed  could  be  obtained,  whioh  he  regards  as  doubt** 

GA1I  #2 

Ha  further  suggests  that  before  spending  any  money, 
aoma  of  the  fundamental  experiments  in  connection  with  the 
general  plan  should  he  conducted  and  data  obtained  thereon, 
aa  it  ia  his  experience  that  .air  never  acts  in  practice  as  it 
is  expected  to  do  in  accordance  with  theory.  Ho  further 
suggests  that  the  projected  machine  of  the  dimensions  suggested 
in  the  article  is  getting  at  the  problem  on  too  large  a  scale, 
and  that  all  practical  points  in  connection  with  the  device 
should  be  first  determined  experimentally  by  moans  of  a  small 
or  even  a  toy  model. 

Hr.  Edison  is  interested  in  so  many  other  lines  of 
investigation  and  research  that  ho  feels  that  it  would  be 
impossible  for  him  to  take  up  thiB  matter  along  the  lino  which 
you  have  tentatively  suggested  or  along  any  other  lines  which 
might  hereafter  be  suggested.  I  trust  you  will  be  able  to 
interest  other  capital  in  the  devioo  and  be  able  to  carry  it 
to  a  successful  conclusion. 

Yours  very  truly, 

The  Telegraphic  MailCo. 

M /  ,  220  BROADWAY 

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,  .  .  ijhave  read  in  .Tuly's  Jlunsev 

inventors”11  intoreetinB  interview  you  gave  fq 

,  •*•  ^ave  found  in  it  some  very 

??■  ?nfl  encoura5inS  advice,  hut  while  vou 
tell  the  inventor  how  he  has  to  stick  to  hiB 

tnV^!l°n  t0  '72fk  lt  out  *  without  Paying  attention 
to  adverse  criticism,  you  do  not  tell  him  how  ha 
can  finance  his  v/ork  and  hov?  he  con  save  himself 
from  the  hungry  and  desperate  "sharks"  who  call 
themselves  promoters  or  financiers. 

nn  -  *.!  *!?  £0V?lorij}e  something  almost 

as  important  as  the  telephone  (enclosed  is  a 
brief  description)  and  I  find  that  my  greatest  time 
"sharks  financine  !ma  def( ending  myself  from  the 

I  have  succeeded  up  to  now, 
hut  it  cost  me  almost  my  life,  and  do  not  know  how 
long  t  can  stand  the  fight. 

It  is  on  this  point  that  vour 
experienced  advice  would  he  most  valuable  and 
highly  appreciated. V"  me. 

Very  respectfully  yours. 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Newark,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Dallas,  Texas,  July  l 
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You  have  made  a  success  in  the  world,  -  through  natural  /C 
talent,  dilligence,  and  intelligently  direoted  efforts.  You  have 
seated  many  things  of  practical  use,  and  you,  of  all  others,  Bhould 
ar«  “o  know  that  nothing  can  be  accomplished  along  this  line  without 
sufficient  funds  to  oarry  out  suoh  work.  Much  money  and  time  have 
been  wasted  on  so-called  “patents,"  few  of  whioh  would  have  been  of 
any  great  practical  value,  even  though  they  had  performed  the  service 
for  which  they  were  intended. 

«  .  N?"»  “to  my  reason  for  writing  you.  Myself  and  another 

party  here  (he  being  a  thorough  and  practical  mechanical  engineer, 
having  perfected  successfully  various  devices  and  machinery,  both 
large  and  small,  for  numerous  parties  during  the  past  fifteen  years) 
are  desirous  of  seouring  funds  to  have  built  a  set  of  four  automobile 
wheels,  of  a  type  designed  to  replaoe  the  ordinary  "pneumatio  tire" 
wheels,  in  use  at  the  present  time.  We  want  to  have  these  wheels 
made  in  first-olaes  workmanlike  manner,  and  have  parties  here  who  are 
willing  to  furnish  ample  capital  for  manufacturing  and  marketing  same*, 
after  we  have  demonstrated  to  them  that  we  have  something  which  is 
really  praotical  and  meritorious  in  every  way. 

The  whole  oountry  haB  been  working  and  looking  for  some 
real  ana  practical  substitute  for  the  "pneumatic  tire"  wheel,  fox 
use  on  automobiles,  and  many  vain  attempts  hhve  been  metfe  to  pro- 
duce  suoh  a  wheel.  Neither  myself,  nor  the  party  to  be  associated  with 
me  in  this  matter,  hkve  ever  seen  anything  along  this  line  which 
would  serve  practically  and  satisfactorily  the  purpose  for  whioh  it 
was  intended.  However,  we  have,  after  experimenting  a  great  deal 
along  this  line,  designed  a  wheel  whioh  will,  from  every  point  of 
view,  suooessfully  replace  the  ordinary  "pneumatio  tire"  wheel,  and 

in-°  aotual  UBe>  revolutionize  the  manufacture  and  sale 
Bomejlhing  entirely  different  to  anything  yet 
alonE  this  line  and  yet  it  consists  of  only  already  well- 
known  and  practical  mechanical  principles,  simple,  durable,  efficient, 
and  can  be  furnished  for  a  reasonable  price.  1 

I  want  to  borrow  about  $700.00,  to  enable  us  to  have  built 
in  good  shape  a  set  of  four  34-inoh  wheels,  which  we  shall  put  on  a 
oa?  and  demonstrate,  beyond  question,  their  real  and  praotioal 
value.  After  this  has  been  done,  of  oourse,  there  will  be  no  diffi- 
the  wheelse0Urlng  noce0sary  oaPita*  for  the  manufacture  and  sale  of 

flight  *7  °o?oluBi°n>  that  our  idea  is  no  fanatical 

flight  of  fanoy,  but  is  based  on  well-known,  sensible,  and  praotioal 
and  we  only  need  the  amount  mentioned  above  to  cover  cost 
h  vine^a  ?odel!  or  "BamPle"  set  of  wheels,  and  we  oan  then,  with¬ 
out  doubt,  furnish  the  public  with  that  for  whioh  many  miole  have  been 
working  without  euooess.  We  know  what  praotioal  mecbanloal  principles 
are,  and  we  know  what  we  can  do  with  that  which  we  have  produoed,  aai 
only  ask  an  opportunity  to  demonstrate  what  we  have. 

I  oan  and  will  furnish  you  with  unquestionable  references 
as  to  our  ability,  honesty  of  purpose,  etc.,  and  while  my  aotion  in 

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asking  such  a  favor  of  you  may  seem  unusual,  yet  I  trust  you  will 
give  me  favorable  consideration,  and  that  you  can  see  your  way  plear 
to  lend  me  the  amount  mentioned  above,  §700.00,  to  be  used  as  stated 
above,  for  which  I  am  willing  to  pay  liberal  rate  of  interest,  after 
I  have  proven  to  you  that  we  are  thoroughly  reliable,  and  are  only 
desirous  of  demonstrating  that  we  have  something  of  real  merit  aid  of 
immense  practical  value. 

I  enclose  stamped,  addressed  envelope  for  your  convenience 
in  replying,  and  will  thank  you  sinoerely  to  let  me  hear  from  you  at 
your  earliest  convenience,  remaining. 

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lews  out  fruitgrowers  have  had-  to  contend  with.  In  this, and  many 
other  districts , largo  sutler  havo  boon  spent  in  "smudging "with  diffor- 
ent  fuels  and  appliances ^with  indifferent  success, owing  r.ainiy  to 
the  difficulty  of  generating  enough  heat  to  overcome  the  temperature 
of  the  atmosphere .  ’.?o  have  abundance  of  electrical  power, and  it  oc¬ 
curred  to  mo  quite  a  while  ago, that  it  might  he  entirely  feasible  to 
instal  electric  heaters  which  vrould  generate  enough  heat  to  save  our 
fruit  under  any  fall  of  temperature  lihely  to  occur.  Thi3  is  where 
we  need  your  help.  A  heater  of  this  hind, which  could  he  put  on  the 
market  at  a  moderate  price, v/ould  do  away  with  the  necessity  of  sto¬ 
ring  up  immense  quantities  of  crude  oil  or  coal, and  possibly  running 
out  of  fuel  at  a  critical  time; to  say  nothing  of  the  ease  and  econ¬ 
omy  of  time,  in  handling.  If  this  idea  can  be  carried  out  in  a  prac¬ 
tical  manner, I  believe  it  will  at  once  appeal  to  people  in  all  parts 
of  the  country, and  meet  with  immense  sale.  Will  you  take  up  the  mat- 


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Recently,  while  working  along  privately  in  experimental 
physics  with  certain  materials,  part  of  the  apparatus  at  the 
time  being  a  blow-pipe  and  some  glass  tubing,  I  discovered 
what  I  believe  to  be  a  solution  of  the  problem  of  making  the 
incandescant  electric  lamp  without  the  use  of  platinum.  How¬ 
ever,  in  the  face  of  what  seems  to  me  the  fact  of  accomplish¬ 
ment,  both  theoretically  and  practically,  I  wish  merely  to 
make  a  modest  statement  of  my  belief  rather  than  an  assertion 
that  I  have  done  so. 

The  incandescant  lamp  being  an  invention  of  yours,  if 
it  would  suit  you  to  do  so,  I  should  like  for  you  personally 
to  pass  on  my  ’work.  The  design  of  the  lamp  differs  from  the 
commercial  article  only  in  the  kind  of  conductor  leading  to 
the  filament.  In  appearance  it  remains  the  same.  with 
your  laboratory  facilities,  putting  such  a  lamp  to  a  searching 
test  could  be  easily  and  quickly  done.  X  tried  out  the 
idea  myself  with  such  apparatus  as  X  had,  sealing  a  conductor 
into  a  quarter  inch  glass  tube  such  as  is  used  in  the  ordinary 
incandescant  lamp,  and  succeeded,  as  far  as  I  was  able  to  test 
it,  in  making  a  vacuum-proof  closure,  which  stood  against  re¬ 
peated  heatings  and  coolings.  I  have  sinoe  discovered  noth¬ 
ing  to  negative  this  conclusion. 

Subsequently,  I  attacked  the  problem  mathematically,  and 
it  would  seem  that  the  coefficient  of  expansion  of  the  mater¬ 
ial  as  used  by  me  must  be,  or  could  be  made  for  all  practical 
purposes,  coincident  with  that  of  glass. 

I  especially  wished  to  submit  the  matter  to  you  also  for 
the  following  reasons:  In  the  making  of  the  incandescant  lamp 
there  is  directly,  or  indirectly,  an  immense  amount  of  capital 
involved;  and,  I  fancy,  that  if  an  obscure  person  should  poke 
up  his  head  with  an  invention  of  much  consequence  to  the  in¬ 
dustry,  it  would  be  promptly  punched  back  into  obscurity,  and 
the  discovery  appropriated  by  those  able  to  take  it.  It 
might  be,  therefore,  that  if  you  should  find  that  I  an  not 
mistaken,  and  have  worked  out  a  design  of  lamp  that  the  in¬ 
dustry  ' could  not  afford  to  be  without,  you  would  be  willing 
to  father  the  invention,  according  to  me  such  private  inter¬ 
est  in  it  as  would  seem  fair  under  the  circumstances. 

If  it  be  your  pleasure  to  look  into  the" matter  personally, 
I  shall  be  glad  to  submit  my  work  to  you  in  detail. 

Very  truly  yours, 

Cd.. . 

Dear  Sir: 

Herewith  t  enclose  description 
and  diagram  ofl  an  apparatus  calculated  to 
facilitate  and  increase  the  accuracy  of  the 
taking  cf  the  pulse. 

Is  thla  device  practical  and  will 
you  plcanc  write  mo  your  opinion. 

I  refer  you  you  ao  to  my  standing  in 
Ashland  to  any  bank  in  thi-'  city  or  any 
prominent  citizen. 

waiting  an  early  reply,  I  am, 

i our u  very  truly, 

•  An -.Electric  .Bracelet'  for  Physicians  to  take 
the  puleo  of  a  patient. 

*  Have  a  bulb  on  the  bracolot  which  will  fit 
down  on  the  wrist  pulse  so  that  the  vibrations  of 
the  pulse  will  vibrate  an  indicator  on  the  top  ■ 
as  per  drawing  herewith,  which  will  not  only 
indicate  the  pulse  beats  pel’  minute  on  the  dial, 
but  also'tJBSe®DES?s5fld0regularity.  Could  not 
this  be  done,  saving  Doctor's  time  and  the  use  of 
a  watch,  and  the  uncertainty  and  bother  of  tho 
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T  an  in  the  Moving  Picture  Si 
been  fon  the  last  three  ye  nr  3  ,u  sing 
grnohs.  Tor  some  tine  I  have 
nenting  with  a  machine  to  be 
aohine  by  means  of  •#!ish  t.M  talking 

Thos.  A.  Mi  son.  Invent  or  etc. , 


s.nsinfr  ?'o’jr  np0r*rs  . 

been  thinking:,  out 
connected  v;#fh  the  G^anfj  McOTre 
machine  by  means  of  wftifih  t.M  talking  can  ho  tajHrfe  siinjttT'a.n&gfc®'' 
with  the  gesticulations  of  the  oictures  ^  M 

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tainin  ■  the  speaking  record  side  i&4&oh ,orVeome.tfr 

the  two  by  a  mechanism, and  have  tie  coVjnpfc-ti^,  spjfWje  what 
when  the  pictures  get  to  the  s peaking^&t ti t al k- 
ing  machine  will  begin  end  do  its  part  a  di|'ierent  time , 

taut  at  the  t.-ine  the  Pictures  seen  to  be  's)ealo.nmfi,'i|  have  the 
record  naciiine  enclosed  in  a  net  alio  box  t^a^M>l  Mot  permit 
the  sound  to  eso-’pe , except  through  a  netalj^S' 'ivffie  ,wjiioh  tube  is 
to  run  under  the  floor  of  the  room  andr  the  curtain 

and  stone  , there  to  have  a,  horn  to  c<&ow/,C!K-^oitnds/riu t  in 
oonsealm.ent  right  at,  the  pictures  »  (y  / 

.his  idea  puf^ftto  praoti^Uuse  ,but 

I  have  not  the  money  to  s ecu remits  patent  and  develop^  the 
I  an  sure  you  have, and  can  develop  and  patent  it./  1  wish 
you  would  this, for  I  an  sure  it  will  be  a at , 
and  will  uecome  very  attractive  .  If  you  will  do  s<Lnnd  ny. 
idea  is  worth  any  tiling:, I  an  willing  to  give  you  the  benefit 
of  it, free  of  charge. 

I  would  like  to  hear  iron  you, and  if  you  feel  inclined, a 
letter  of  recognition  of  the  suggestion  from  you  would  be  very 
hi  ghly  a j  pre  ci  ate  d . 

With  best  wishes  1  an, 

Yours  truly 



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Deo.  29,  19  Au: 

^  feLu  v«r  «• 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

orange ,  II. J.  a^nrvJ 

Dear  Sir:—  ^tferfT _ ^ 

The  undersi§ite'd*h2l  the  pleLi 

interview  with  you  in  Apr^xa^^^ioh1’ t^e^ou^igge^ted^ 

a  dasign  of  rai. 

that  I  should  apply  for  a  parent 
freight  transfer  station. 

I  am  very  thankful  to  you  for  tht 
given  me  at  that  time.  I  am  sending  you  herewith  a  cer¬ 
tificate  of  tho  patent  papers.  I  appreciate  the  advice 
vory  much,  I  have  the  patent  now,  hut  don't  know  what  to  do 
with  it. 

1910.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  - 
Business  -  General  (D-10-31) 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  from  individuals  or 
companies  requesting  agencies  for  Edison's  inventions  or  seeking  to  do 
business  with  Edison. 

A  sample  of  less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  has  been  selected. 
The  selected  items  contain  Edison  marginalia. 

Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-10-07  (Battery  -  Storage  -  Foreign  - 


Swedish  Chamber  of  Commerce  of  Hew  York, 

Produce  Exchange  Annex,  Hew  York  City. 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  the 
8th  instant  regarding  the  exploitation  of 
the  new  storage  battery  in  Scandinavia,  Mr. 
Edison  directs  me  to  write  you  that  we  are 
not  yet  ready  to  talk  business. 

A  factory  is  being  equipped  in  Berlin, 
and  possibly  he  can  furnish  batteries  from 
that  city  later  on. 

Yours  very  truly, 


COPY  — 


NewYork  Karoh  16th,  1910. 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 
Orange , 

H.  J. 


Y/e  have  recently  seen  a  number  of  articles  on  your  new 
Storage  Battery  Car,  fromvhich  v;e  understand  that  the  Batteries  have 
now  advanced  somewhat  beyond  their  experimental  stage. 

Y/o  would  be  glad  to  know  if  you  are  ready  at  this  time 
and  willing  to  entertain  any  propositions  for  export.  V/o  have  received 
one  or  two  rather  pressing  inquiries  from  Ecuador,  and  would  be  glad  to 
give  them  definite  information.  If  you  are  willing  to  entertain  such 
Impositions,  kindly  advise  us  and  we  will  be  glad  to  send  you  what 
data  we  have  on  hand. 

Yours  very  truly. 


*? . March  16t^'  1910. . . 


Wo  herewith  make  application  for  the  agency  of  the 
Edison  storage  battery,  for  the  Argentine  Republic,  Paraguay 
and  Uruguay,  in  South  America. 

We  are  large  exporters  from  here,  and  have  our  own 
houses  in  the  Republics  mentioned,  which  make  a  specialty  of 
electrioal  apparatus.  We  represent  the  largest  and  best-known 
manufacturers  in  the  world,  and  would  like  very  much  to  handle 
your  now  storage  battery  which  yon  are  about  to  put  on  the  market. 

Kindly  let  us  have,  by  return  mail,  whatever  printed 
matter  you  have  gotten  out,  together  with  all  other  standard  in¬ 
formation  you  oan  give  us. 

We  have  at  present  quite  a  number  of  propositions  lying 
dormant  because  we  cannot  supply  the  propor  equipment.  We  have 
been  trying  to  use  accumulator  locomotives  and  a  number  of  other 
devices,  but  these  would  not  suit  the  requirements.  We  think, 
however,  from  what  we  have  read  and  learned  about  your  storage 
battery,  that  same  would  exactly  "fill  the  bill",  and  we  hope 
to  have  a  favorable  reply  from  you  as  soon  as  possiblo. 

Yours  very  truly, 

S/,R  ppArAGAfc,  CRgao  JTCo..  Ltd. 


Ilarch  24,  1910. 

.Mot! era.  y;.  Grace  Z:  Go. , 

.  0.  Bo:-:  206, 

ilov;  York  City. 

Gent  loner.: 

Youro  oi'  the  16th  inat .  has  been  roooivod  on  the  subject 
of  Bdison  'battorios,  and  I  noto  that  you  linvo  had  ono  or  two  in¬ 
quiries  from  Beuador  rogardinc  aano. 

V.’o  regard  the  battery  aa  having  passed  ontiroly  boyond 
the  o:q?oriaontal  stago  and  aro  in  a  position  to  make  shipments  to 
South- Imorica.  If,  thoroforo,  you  will  advise  mo  concerning  the 
•  inquiries  in  question  I  will  uoo  that  the  matter  ic  Given  atten¬ 

Your a  very  truly, 



anroft  24,  1910. 

liooora.  Agar,  Croce  A  Co. ,  Ltd.  , 

11  Broadway, 

How  York  City. 


Your  favor  &f  tho  16th  inct.  has  boon  received,  making 
application  for  tho  agency  of  tho  Kdieon  storage  haitory  for  tho 
rgontino  Hopublic,  Paraguay  and  Uruguay.  In  accordanoo  with 
your  roquoct,  I  a end  you  our  catalogue  herewith. 

If  you  care  to  licence  the  o uc at ion  with  :-c ,  I  will  ho 
glad  to  moot  your  ropreaentativo  either  at  Or.-ngo  or  at  r.iy  i;0w 
Yoidr  office,  Ho.  10  fifth  Avo.  I  oornoct  to  ho  in  17  ow  York  on 
Euoaday  noart,  tho  29th  inct.,  and  could  make  an  nnpointmont  for 
tho  afternoon  of  that  day. 

Yourc  vory  truly, 

I'M)/  TXixi 

Vico-  Teal  don t  - 

The  Swedish  Chamber  of  Commerce  ofNewYork 

Produce  Exchange  Annex, 



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•u  in  quoc  I; ion ,  David.  Rapp,  licitod,  Stockholm, 
i  first  largo  concern  in  Sweden  to  tal:o  an  ac  fcua 

oonnocti  on  hotwoen  oithor  yours  olf  or  your  Eorlin  offico  and  this 
Tirn  would  probably  prove  of  great  bonefit  to  your  intorectr.. 

V.'o  shall  ho  ploasod  iT  yon  will  advice  uo  how  far  tho  mat  tor 
has  progressed  and  what  your  attitude  towards  this  mattor  is,  in  ordor 
that  wo  may  adviso  our  clients. 

>  favor  of  your  early  reply,  we  aro. 

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Orange,  IT.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

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Hay  I  ask  you  to  inform  me  as  soon  as  you 
decide  upon  your  method  of  handling  this  proposition. 

YTouid  he  glad  to  consider  scouring  the 
control  in  Springfield,  and,  if  practical,  in  other 
cities  in  Illinois. 

Awaiting  your  reply,  I  am, 

Very  respectfully, 

Orange,  N.  J.  j 

Dear  Sir:  \ 

Will  you  please  kindly  indicate  to  me  as 

to  whether  any  agencies  are  open  for  handling  the  new  talking  pictures 
which  you  have  perfected  and  which, I  understand,  will  be  re  ady  for  com¬ 
mercial  use  in  a  few  months.  Will  you  assign  exclusive  territory  to 
agents  for  its  proper  introduction  and  on  what  basis?  Would  like  to  know 
at  the  earliest  practicable  time  what  arrangements  can  be  made. 

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;  least  of  the  Italian  patent. 

earliest  possibility. 

Very  truly  yours 

1910.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  - 
Deafness  (D-10-33) 

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to  devices  for  the  hearing  impaired.  Included  are  requests  for  Edison's  opinion 
of  existing  hearing  aids  as  well  as  inquiries  concerning  his  plans  to  invent  such 
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1910.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  - 
Personal  (D-10-36) 

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letters  asking  Edison  for  educational  advice,  personal  information,  information 
on  lightning  rods  and  x-rays,  charitable  contributions,  loans,  and  other  favors. 

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Dear  Mr.  Edison: 



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We  have  been  having  a  lot  \if  tro^bl^.^#  elect^i  6  itfy 
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can  get  rid  c3Kit. _.  ^e^g>r^4'fiat .|^B^cObk 
Optimus  press,  which  pri^s^Ws  sh^e^^p  x 

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on  our  folding  maohin e^i^jlc tC  as  i#0t  Wer  yfyuVu 

and  we  have  the  greatest  troubled <5  get  t, 

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the  machine.  It  tears,  ar/yVe  sp\il 

r  ona/who  has 

Can  you  suggest  any  way 
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Very  truly  yours 


TA$  - "S'lk 




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Valley  Road,  ^  er*^ 

Rear  Sir:  Tr**'®' [ 

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Have  read  your  Vinterview  in  tfie  Independent  and  am  ver^ 

much  interested  in  that  part  of  your  remarks  in  which  you  are  ^ 
quoted  as  stating  that  artificial  silk  is  taking  the  place  of 
natural  silk  and  is  superior  to  it.  Is  it  not  a  fact  that  there 
are  reasons  why  artificial  silk  cannot  toe  used,  namely: 

Pirst:  It  is  comtoustitole 

Second:  It  lacks  the  fineness  and  strength  of  natural  silk. 
Third:  If  it  comes  in  contact  with  water  the  threads 
will  toe  dissolved. 

In  my  estimation,  therefore,  these  defects  will  have  to 
toe  overcome  toefore  this  material  can  take  the  place  of  natural  silk. 
Am  I  not  right  in  my  contention? 

Yours  very  truly, 

QCi)t  iSafotottt  ^ntitcate 

Chicago,  III..  JQn.  28,  1910 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Menlo  Park,  II.  J. 

My  Dear  Sir;- 

17111  you  please  be 

acquainted  with  an  ore-finding  InveiJEYon'^ca’ 
which  locates  ore  through  the  principle  of  "least  resiatonce"  to  the 
electric  current. 

It  is  an  invention  of  Fred  IT. 
and  I  understand  that  there  are  several  in  use.' 

I  can  not  locate  them  and  write  to  ask  if  you  will  be 
kind  enough  to  tell  me  if  you  know  anything  about  thi3  invention  and 
if  you  believe  it  to  be  practical. 

Thanking  you  in  advance. 

Yours  very  truly. 

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this  stook  was  purchased  by  my  Father  in  1881  and  1883,  one  of 
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Gan  you  give  me  any  information  regarding  the  present  status  of 
this  Gompany,  or  tell  me  where  suoh  information  may  be  obtained? 

Thankipg  you  in  advanoe  f  or  ‘  the  ocurtesy  of  a  reply,  I  am, 

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April  l\ir 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

Referring  to  the  less  by  fire  of  Grant-Lee  Hall,  Presi 
dent  Stooksbury,  of  Lincoln  Memorial  University,  wrote,  on  the 
22d  of  February,  as  follows :- 



"I  wish  to  state  to  you  that  we  have  about  $14,000,  in¬ 
cluding  the  insurance.  We  should  have  at  least  $30,000;  and 
it  is  highly  important  that  work  begin  on  this  building  with¬ 
in  the  next  few  weeks,  so  that  it  may  be  done  by  the  opening 
of  school  next  September.  It  is  needless  to  talk  of  opening 
a  school  here  next  year  without  a  boys'  dormitory  completed 
by  next  September.  It  seems  that  other  institutions  over  the 
country  get  contributions,  both  large  and  small.  Colored 
schools  all  over  the  South  are  being  helped;  but  the  sturdy 
mountain  boys  and  girls,  with  practically  no  assets,  are  sup¬ 
posed  to  work  out  their  own  salvation  with  fear  and  trembling. 
I  think  that  the  contributions  made  other  institutions,  in  the 
main,  are  all  right  and  well  directed;  tut  why  it  is  that  Lin¬ 
coln  Memorial,  founded  by  one  of  the  best  men  that  ever  lived, 
General  0.  0.  Howard,  is  to  drag  along  without  financial  aid, 

I  cannot  understand.  I  am  ready  Rnd  willing  to  take  any  sug¬ 
gestions  made  for  the  betterment  of  this  institution  and  the 
noble  work  it  is  doing.  " 

Subscriptions  to  the  endowment  come  in  slowly  and  are  not 
available  for  the  needed  building.  It  takes  time  to  inform  the  pub¬ 
lic  of  the  need  and  merit  of  the  University.  An  appeal  is  therefore 
made  to  the  Honorary  Vice  Presidents  of  the  Association  and  to 
friends  who  are  believed  to  know  both  the  need  and  merit  for  an  emer¬ 
gency  contribution  to  the  building  fund.  Should  a  surplus  be  sub¬ 
scribed,  it  will  be  turned  over  to  the  endowment  fund. 

Kindly  fill  out  the  enclosed  blank  and  make  your  check 
payable  to  Isaac  N.  Seligman  or  Thomas  H.  Hubbard. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  an  early  reply,  I  am, 
Sincerely  yours, 

iCittrolu  Mmnnal  Iniuprsitij. 

(Snmt-ffirr  5juU  SfrlntUhiug 

_ _ _ _ 1910 

Gentlemen: — 

I  hereby  subscribe  $ - as  my  share  of  the 

fund  for  rebuilding  Grant-Lee  Hall,  at  Lincoln  Memorial  Uni¬ 
versity,  Cumberland  Gap,  Tenn. 

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and  her  daughter,  ^dna,  be! on."  to  our  church  and  the  church  haa  been 
providing  for  then  to  a  United  extent  for  the  past  year. 

Conditions  are  such  that  I  feel  sor.ctiing  radical  ought  be 
done.  For  a  number  of  years  "rs.  Fill  -vas  vainly  dependant  upon 
her  son.  Me  hcvcvor  -vas  carried  about  a  year  ago  and  hie  support 
of  his  noth or  has  consequently  been  rrithdrawn. 

The  husband  appears  to  be  a  very  unworthy  ir.anj  she  receives 
very  little  of  his  earnings  ’vhich  mostly  go  for  drink. 

Cur  church  does  not  feel  like  maintaining  ”rs.  Gill  in  her 
present  quarters  under  existing  conditions.  Che  lias  come  to  tho 
point  of  thinking  that  her  life  ’vith  Mr.  Gill  is  intolerable.  She 


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nr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Hew  York  City, 

Dear  Sir. 

23,  1910. 

I  will  he  indeed  very  grateful  if  you  will  give  me  some 
information  with  respect  to  the  use  of  electricity  when  applied  to 
pumping  water  for  irrigation  purposes. 

Our  lands' are  located  in  Grand  Valley,  and  we  have  plenty 
of  water  from  the  Grand  River  which  can  he  pumped  to  our  land. 

Vie  have  a  head  of  anywhere  from  50  to  200  feet  of  water.  We 
thought  possibly  you  might  he  able  to  give  us  some  information  as 
to  how  to  go  about  the  securing  of  the  electricity  and  the  ap¬ 
plication  of  the  same.  We  thought  from  a  interview  which  was 

published  in  the  local  pax^ers  here  concerning  this  subject  in  which 

you  were  quoted  as  saying  that  you.  thought  pumping  by  electricity 
was  the  proper  way  to  secure  water  for  irrigation. 

If  it  is  not  asking  too  much,  we  will  certainly  appreciate 
some  intimation  of  what  your  thoughts  are  on  this  subject.  We 

are  well  aware  this  is  asking  a  great  deal, but  if  it  is  convenient 

and  you  have  time,  we  certainly^  be  very  grateful  indeed  for  a 
response  from  you  on  the  subject. 

Thanking  you  very  kindly  for  any  information  you  may 

Yours  very  truly, 

let  us  have,  we  are, 


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c  uric  acid  in  the  Wood. 

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if  oa  cc  a>x<i-U 

will  you  kindly  advise  ao  whether  the  remedy  is  r  \  jx 

, «»  »« «...  it «» ».  M&LLji  au^-fr  £ 

rather  serious  condition  from  this  oauso  and  U  /i  ' 

cLtf  &o  v\o"f  o.  *  Uct 

issistance  will  he  creatly  appreciated.  »  - 

p«A<w  £-«■»  d  co 0-5..U w\«j  ^>uCr  f'Hfi- 
Sincerely  yduro,  ''L  /  a 

Wmc  OuC.\.t>  (tv-i/Oi  <*.{U  VAOIW  yVvc. 

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ihiu  .vdjj  hu  «•«*-- 

J,  'ffer?vse-n/  V»- 

Brooklyn  Bureau  of  Charities 


Mr.  H.  F.  Miller, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

%  laboratory  of  Thos.  A.  Edison, 
Dear  Mr.  Milier:- 

June  17,  1910. 

Your  letter  of  June  14th  with  the  enclosed  cheek  for  $6  and  the 
three  pawn  tickets  for  Mrs,  Fisher, 149  West  9th  Street,  was  duly  received. 
It  was  learned  at  149  West  9th  Street  that  the  family  had  moved  to  11 
Huntington  Street.  A  call  was  made  here,  but  the  visitor  was  unable  to 
get  any  one  to  come  to  the  door,  although  the  neighbors  asserted  that  the 
woman  was  at  home.  They  occupy  the  whole  house.  It  was  learned  at  a 
nearby  store  that  Mrs.  Fisher  nevor  admits  anyone  because  there  are  many 
calls  from  bill  collectors  every  day. 

The  family  consists  of  a  man,  who  is  a  telegraph  operator,  and 
is  working,  one  daughter  and  three  grown  up  sons.  One  of  the  sons  is  not 
living  at  home,  but  the  other  two  are  working.  The  mother  and  daughter 
are  not  working  but  dress  very  elaborately.  They  owe  all  the  tradesmen 
in  the  vicinity, and  also  when  first  moving  on  the  street  borrowed  con? 
Biderable  money.  They  have  the  reputation  of  being"a  set  of  Bwindlers." 

We  have  known  of  this  family  for  ten  years  and  have  had  several 
begging  letters  to  investigate  which  were  written  to  prominent  people. 

The  woman  is  an  inveterate  beggar.  I  am  returning  the  check  and  pawn 
tickets  to  you,  as  I  am  sure  you  would  not  care  to  help  such  a  family. 

Our  mendicancy  officer  has  taken  the  matter  in  hand  and  hopes  to  be  able 
to  put  a  stop  to  her  begging.  He  has  had  the  case  before  but  failed  to 
bring  the  woman  to  Justice. 

Diet.  C.F. 


i^ittotrfar?  Qfarprita  Inat  (Eimtjmttg 


NEW  YORK.  July  6,  1910. 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq.,  e  '?IG 

Llewellyn  Park,  7  /  C) 

Orange,  1T.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  ask  your  valued  assistance  In  making  a  material  to  take 
the  place  of  cellulose  or  cork  for  filling  the  water  tight  compart¬ 
ments  of  war  vessels,  and  preserving  their  houyanoy  when  perforated 
hy  shot . 

I  particularly  need  such  a  material  for  the  subsurface 
boat  illustrated  in  the  enclosed  Scientific  Amerioan  for  which  Con- 
greBB  has  appropriated  $445,000.,-  enough  to  buy  fifteen  of  the 
small  19-knot  boats  illustrated,  at  $30,000  each,  the  new  price  and 
speed  fixed  by  the  Haval  Act  Just  signed. 

Ve  have  just  completed  the  official  trials  of  the  first 
boat  and  much  more  than  met  all  the  official  requirements. 

For  filling  the  compartments  abreast  the  conning  tower  we 
use  cellulose  at  present,  as  it  will  soak  up  ufcsx  some  water,  ex¬ 
pand,  and  close  transverse  shot  holes  which  might  let  water  into  the 
conning  tower  and  engine  compartments.  For  filling  the  watertight 
compartments  forward  and  aft  the  conning  tower,  a  material  like  cork 
is  better,  as  it  is  not  necessary  to  exclude  all  the  watercut  most 
of  it.  Cellulose  v/eighs  about  8  lbs  to  the  cubic  foot,  but 
doubles  in  weight  whon  water  soaked.  Cork  weighs  about  12  lbs 

j^utaurfto  llnat  (Cnmpattij 


NEW  YORK,  July  6,  1910. 

to  the  cubic  foot  and  is  too  heavy. 

1  propose  in  lieu  of  the  cork,  a  cellular  filling 
made  up  of  something  like  ping-pong  halls  having  the  ^kwi  there¬ 
between  filled  up  with  parafine  or  parafine  and  ground  cork. 

We  need  for  our  small  boats  about  70  cubic  feet  to 
weigh  less  than  7  lbs  to  the  cubio  foot  and  to  cost  less  than  $5.00 
per  cubio  foot. 

May  I  call  upon  you  by  telephone  appointment  and  talk 
this  over,  on  the  understaid  ing  that  if  you  can  supply  the  proper 
material  we  will  buy  all  of  you  at  a  fair  profit,  or  otherwise 
properly  compensate  you. 

Yours  truly, 


( Commercial 

Qonxidered  „  ^la,t  Vnluabt*  JUvertising  ^IL'dlnn,  VubiUhed  JAansdags 

and  Society 

<J he  ^Atiian  ledger 

^Printing, . 

6.  36.  Samsen,  f&ditor 


23  Fifth  Avenue,  New  York, 

July  19,  1910 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  M.  J.  .  ,-;{■{  ir.  \  :j 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:-  f|  "  C’ 

Some  daye  ago  I  took  the  liberty  of  sending  you  an  excellent 
photography  of  large  size,  obtained  from  Paoh  Bros.,  requesting  that  you  would 
place  your  uutograph  on  it,  as  follows:  "For  Mr.  Carlo  Wedekind*^  the  inventor 
of  the(,‘^j^r*5urbine,  and  signed  by  yourself.  I  requested  that  the  phlkograph, 
when  autographed  by  you,  should  be  returned  to  my  address.  I  have  not  yet 
received  it.  I  did  receive,  however,  a  small  photograph  of  myself,  the 
Princess  Lwoff  Parlaghy  and  yourself,  on  which  your  autograph  was  placed. 

This  small  photograph  I  sent  to  you  for  your  own  inspection  and  use,  if  you 
cared  to  preserve  it.  This  small  photograph  was  returned  to  me  enclosed  in 
a  letter  from  your  assistant  Secretary,  dated  the  13th  instant. 

Kindly  instruct  your  socretnry  to  look  up  the  large  photograph, 
and  return  it  to  me  with  your  uutograph,  as  desired,  as  I  wish  very  much  to 
send  it  to  my  friend,  Mr.  Wedekind. 

When  I  hoar  further  particulars  from  him  about  his  gaqft*urbine, 

I  shall  take  an  early  opportunity  to  communicate  with  you  on  tha*  subject. 

With  best  wishes. 

Very  sincerely  yt 



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Mr;-  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park,  N.J, 

Dear  sir;- 

(a^t  K^**-*^  jj'  *  1 

Excuse  my  intruding  , but  my  attention  has  been- 

c  i_/»  «*<  /yrO-*^ 

drawn  to  the  matter  through  the  treatment  of  a  close  triynQ  with  . 


Roentgen  Rays  for  an  internal  Canoer, this]  being  c^nsideted  as 

Cjuwtw  y  i*r-truLA-e>  c^fX^> 

the  only  hope.  On  account  of  your  long  exp erienoe  and  suecetas 

\U-eiuJUEJUi  t^J±£L  iw 

in  experiraontal  work  would  it  not  bo  a  good  field  to  work  in?, 

Jjtf  .-t-2-Ccc.  \ 

Perhaps  the  exposure  to  a  long  continued  magnetic  field,  coupled  \ 
"Vrv,  2^Ww*-^U 

with  a  medical  treatment  with  an  Iron  salt  (or  oxid  suBcqptibl'e 

A*  vo> 

to  magnet  ism,  such  as  the  magnetic  oxid,  '7'">v  j 

‘  id-* 


Respct.  Yours , 

GEOL"  BUTimcK.  f,lenna<?rhaOS£4<, 



Pontiac,  Mich. ,7-28- *10 . 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  liaison. 

As  bur  y  Park,  N.  J.  , 
Dear  Sir :  - 

yXc-v^f  (Lc^Oc^  c^C/k* 

A  *t£C  *  y.-fAZP  &  J  • AC-w^e..*. 

v—  t f^6.*xC 

This  letter  is  written  to  see  if  the  addross  is  correct*'1  ' 
to  reach. you  personally.  1  have  a  plan  which  1  believe  will  appe^f 
to  you  and  which  would  be  impossible  to  put  into  effect  without 
the  co-operation  of  the  owners  of  the  basic  phonograph  patents. 

This  idea  X  shall  be  glad  to  present  in  brief  detail  for  your 
consideration  if  you  will  advise  me  that  a  letter  addressod  as 
this  is  will  come  into  your  hands. My  supposition  is  that  your 
correspondence  must  b8  so  large  that  much  of  it  is  dealt  with  by 
secretaries.  1  was^econtly  in  your  state(at  Atlantic  City)  and 
was  very  sorry  that  business  rendered  it  impossible  to  see  you  at 
that  time. 


Incidentally,  and  entirely  apart  from  the  above  matter  , 
I  should  like  to  ask  you  if  you  happen  to  remember  a  certain  Miss 
Blonnsrrhassett  who  formerly  lived  in  Port  Huron  but  has  for  many 
years  been  a  teacher  in  Detroit.  She  was  instructor  and  companion 
in  our  family  some  26  years  ago  when  we  were  children  and  on 
numerous  occasions  has  mentioned  you. 

Trusting  that  I  may  hear  from  you  and  that  it  will  be 
possible  to  explain  fully  what  has  here  been  referred  to  so 
blindly,  I  am. 

P.  0.  Box  Ho.  34 
Pontiac,  Mich. 

Yours  very  truly, ' 


Great  Northern  Railway  Company 

Mr,  Thoms  Edison, 

Dear  Sirj- 

Can  you  gJve  me 
recently  when  I  was 
and  I  promised  to  do 


/■[  t  (. CJ  /•*.* )  /C  LL 

Havre,  Hont,  August.  -  /  f  -lo. 

■Ed,  Gilliland’s  adds?  I  met,  an  oduT  friend  of  Ms 
hack  in  Illinois  who  asked  me  to  get  -Ed’s  adds  for  him 
if  I  could  and  I  thought  I  would  ask  you  for  it  as 
you  might  he  able  t.o  give  it.  to  me  ,  I  used  to  work  with  J?d.  about,  forty 
years  ago  in  Tils,  I  think  you  were  working  in  Memphis  at  t.he  close  of  the 
civil  war  when  I  was  the  re  working  for  the  C.R,  R, 

if-  *\L 

Box  1306. 

■'CG  liUGGLGS. 

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(S.  SB.  O^aynes  (P  (2o., 


&clison  ^Pl tonojrap/is  and  SPecords 

and  dill  Supplies. 

do.  5  -dorth  Seventh  Street. 

Richmond,  va  auk.  ggna..  1910. 


Orange . ,  N.  1.  3.  nua.  <-.J  .Si 

Dear  UStOCLs  ^  W 

I  had  the  chef  of  the  Business  Ken's  Club  to  cook  yjm  a 
Virginia  Ham,  and  send  it  to  you  last  week  by  express.  7as  very  much 
disappointed  on  seeing  the  ham  that  it  was  not  larger,  but  the  chef  in¬ 
formed  me  that  this  brand  is  generally  about  that  size.  This  ham  will 
taste  better  than  it  looks.  ' 

/&  'd  id,. 

#  sL«rJ 


The  American  Journal  of  Photography 

Official  Organ  of  the  American  Federation  of  Photographic  Societies 


Thomas  Addison  Esq. 

Orange, N. J. 
Dear  Sir:- 

MONTROSE,  COLO.,  Sept  .  7  .  I£I£U 

b»oie«£^M^  ferft. 


Your  very  courteous  repQr  tofmy  letfrdr_of  26th  ultvguly  '  ( 

received.  I  admit  all  you^sfj^dfefe^^thl'^va’iSe^of  ^he^hedgefhut  it 

ibly  would  in  a  district  where 
only  moderately  low  temperatures  are  to  be  guarded  against. Wo  must 


provide  for  a  fall  of  20  degrees  below  freezing, or  oven  lower  than 


action.  7 

that, to  be  assured  of  protection.  Thsiarae  amount  of >f§lp  required 
to  handle  oil  or  coal, rather  than  its  cos4,is  the  dremroack  to  that 
system  of  "smudging".  We  still  have  faith, that  the  master  mind  can, 
if  it  will, evolve  some  apparatus  that  will  cover  the  case. 

I  have  heard  of  an  electrio  heater  having  been  patented  for  that  pur¬ 
pose, but  so  far  have  not  been  able  to  get  any  authentic  informa¬ 

tion  regarding  it.  Thanking  you  again, I  am 

j.'j  y/z&j/i  .p/r* v. 
V v/i/nr/yr* 



-GO  gg'rtStom-/, 

&OL.J.  /o/lf/0 

Her;  York, 

3-iiix.anb’r  30th  1910. 

In  order  to  monopolize  as  little  of  your  time  as  possible, 
I  shall  brine;  with  me  an  export  and  an  assistant.  I  do  not  believe  that 
the  operation  will  require  mo  io  then  30  or  40  minutes. 


-  flUUUOjf - 

- Gas tem  Editor. 

Oot.  31,  1910. 

l£r.  Thora&s  A,  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

W"  1-  mg 
(Mu  n|) 

As  per  your  request  of  the  29th  inst.,  I  enclose  herewith  copies  of 
my  letters  of  Sept.  7th  and  27th. 

Trusting  to  receive  a  reply  at  an  early  date,  I  remain, 

Yours  truly, 


Sept.  7,  1910. 

The  Edieon  Phonograph  Co., 
West  Orange,  N.J, 


I  want  to  get  a  record  of  the  variation  in  speed  of  a  reciprocating 
pump,  and  in  order  to  do  so  1  need  a  piece  of  apparatus  that  turns  at  constant 
speed.  I  want  to  revolve  a  drum  about  20"  long  and  4"  in  diameter  at  a  speed  of 
about  60  revs,  per  min.  Sometime  ago  you  made  a  phonograph  for  large  records;  I 
think  they  were  about  4"  in  diameter.  It  struck  me  that  if  I  could  get  one  of  those 
phonographs,  which  you  have  probably  discarded,  I  could  make  use  of  a  majority  of 
the  works  for  making  up  such  a  revolving  drum  as  I  have  above  indicated. 

Will  you  kindly  advise  me  whether  you  still  have  in  existence  one  of  those 
old  phonographs  which  would  answer  my  requirements.  If  you  have,  what  would  it  coBt 
us?  If  you  havs  nothing  old  of  that  nature,  is  thsre  anything  you  could  recommend  to 

me  which  could  possibly  be  geared  down  to  a  speed  of  60  revs,  per  min.,  which  would 
givs  me  absolute  constant  speed  and  rotate  a  drum  of  about  3"  or  4"  diameter  and  20" 
long,  on  which  I  would  take  pencil  records. 

Trusting  you  will  bring  this  before  the  proper  party  and  let  ms  hear  from 
you  promptly,  I  remain, 

Yours  truly. 


F.  L,  Pryor 



Sept.  27,  1910. 

Tho  Edison  Phonograph  Co., 

Wost  Orange,  N.J. 

Gen tl amen: 

Will  you  kindly  reply  to  my  letter  of  the  7th  inat.  I  enclose 

copy  herewith. 


Yours  truly, 

F.  L.  Pryor. 


Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir.' 

Will  you  not  kindly  reply 
you  on  Sept.  7th  and  27th. 


Yours  truly, 

*c  At 


Ini'.  K.  F.  Miller,  Secretary, 
Thomas  A,  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  letter  of  the  let  inat.  replying 
to  mine  in  reference  to  getting  one  of  your  old  phonographs.  Pleaae  accept  my  thanks 
for  finally  answering  my  many  letters.  In  further  reference  to  this,  kindly  tell  Mr. 
Edison  that  I  do  not  want  an  ordinary  chronograph.  We  have  those  in  our  own  college 
and  do  not  need  to  borrow  the  same  from  Columbia.  I  wished  to  build  my  own  device, 
and  wanted  a  phonograph  mechanism  to  start  it.  I  note  that  you  have  none  of  your 
old  ones  left. 

Yours  truly, 




Mr.  nar: 

ITov.  9,  1910. 
.<•><*  *'*' 

y  Miller, 

■s U) 


I  presume  by  this  time  you  can 
confirm  with  mo  that  Mr.  Udison  has  written  Dr. 
Fairchild,  in  the  Department  of  Agriculture, 
Washington  and  would  be  glad  if  you  would  do  so, 
so  that  I  can  properly  mark  our  files  in  this 
Office . 

V.  M.  Goolidge. 


Hr.  phom&s  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  II. J. 

Doar  Sir:- 

At  the  suggestion  of  your  representative  Hr.  Bontley,  I  take 
the  liberty  of  dictating  to  this  cylinder  a  matter  of  raorethan  personal 
nature  which  ho  thinks  may  interest  you. 

I  culled  to  his  attention,  a  little  magazine  called  the 
Volta  Review,  which  is  devoted  to  the  teaching  of  the  deaf,  but  which 
is  indirectly  the  oxitcome  of  work  done  by  my  father  in  law  Hr.  Alexander 
Graham  Bell  many  years  ago  on  the  Phonograph.  The  magazine  called  the 
Volta  Review  represents  the  Volta  prize  givon  to  Hr.  Bell  for  the 
invention  on  the  telephone,  but  which  funds  were  used  in  his  early  works 
with  the  Phonograph  which  you  are  doubtless  quite  familiar,  possible 
more  familiare  than  I  am.  Phis  institution  called  the  Volta  Bureau 
is  confirmed  almost  exclusively  in  affecting  the  teaching  of  deaf 
children  especially  those  who  are  deaf  from  child-hood.  It  is  the 
most  comprehensive  institution  of  its  kind  in  the  world  maintained  in 
library  which  is  almost  complete  of  the  literature  regarding  the  teach¬ 
ing  of  the  deaf  and  represents  the  newest  ideas  regarding  the  teaching  of 
tho  speech  to  the  .o  y;  f  .rtnha'  a  childr  en  which  number  as  ycu  are  well 
aware  many  thcusai.d  ii.  i-.’.e  United  States  alone,  meaning  the  great  needs 
of  such  an  institution,  andiwishing  to  bring  into  the  organization  every 
influential  man  in  the  United  ^tates.  who  can  help  make  less  the  trial 
of  the’  deaf . 

" o  have  regoranized  and  are  now  bringing  out  regularly  this 
little  machine  called  the  Volta  Review  which  we  hope  will  give  every  ■ 
new  member  of  the  Cragnization  full  value  for  his  subscription. 

-“s  one  of  the  directors  of  this  association  to  which  I 
am  gratuitously  ccntributating  a  large  .amount  of  my  spare  time.  I 
take  the  liberty  of  inviting  you  to  become  a  member  of  the  organisation 
and  a  subscriber  to  its  magazine. 

Hr.  Grahan' Bell  is  now  in  Australia  and  of  course  knows 
nothing  of  this  letter  that  I  am  writing  to  you.  I  hope  however, 
that  you  may  investage  the  claims  of  the  Volta  Bureau  and  become  one 
of  the  members  of  the  association. 

I  am  glad  of  this  opportunity  given  me  by  Hr.  Beit ley 
to  talk  so  directly  to  aman  of  such  inventions  have  been  of  such 
benefit  to  mankind. 

I  remain,  with  great  respect, 

Yours  very  truly. 

Signed  -  David  Fairchild. 

Agriculture  Explorer, 

in  charge  of  Foreign 
seed  ana  ilant  introduction 

V)  ‘J'  Y 


Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir:  * 

Your  latter  of  the  16th  inet.  was  received,  end  in  reply  I  want  to 
express  my  appreciation  of  Ur.  Edison’s  suggestion  that  I  come  out  to  the  laboratory 
and  look  over  the  material  you  have  there  to  see  if  I  cun  find  what  I  want.  Please 
tell  Mr.  Edison  I  am  going  to  avail  myself  of  his  kind  offer,  and  before  long  I  will 
be  out  there.  I  shall  ask  for  you  personally,  and  suppose  you  could  put  me  in 
touch  with  the  progfr  partyto  look  up  the  matter. 

Thankingyou  in  advance,  I  remain, 





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